As stated in the previously blog, adverse weather conditions can challenge any driver, whether they have been driving for years or just got their license. Most importantly, drivers must be aware of the winter weather conditions and be able to react accordingly. Rain, snow, ice and wind can get in the way of driving safely.
Here, we provide some tips for driving in some adverse winter weather conditions:
The two biggest obstacles of driving in rain are decreased visibility and the possibility of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when your car does not grip the surface of the road as it should, and instead slips across the layer of water that is between the tire and the road.
Some tips to keep yourself safe while driving in heavy rain are:
1) Turn on your windshield wipers and your lights for better visibility.
Firstly, turn on your windshield wipers to the correct speed that keeps the rain consistently off of your windshield. Then, turn on your headlights. Even if it is in the middle of the day, this will help you to be able to see correctly as well as help other cars to see you.
2) Take your time driving and keep more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Drive slower than you normally would, as it could help prevent you from hydroplaning. Also try to wait to drive until after the rain has been going for a few minutes, as the oils that immediately come out of the ground are dangerous. Make sure to also follow cars from further away in order to give yourself more time and space to break in case of traffic or an accident.
Snow And Ice
If you’re not used to it, driving in the snow and ice can be quite daunting and can be one of the most dangerous winter weather conditions. However, there are a few tips you can remember to keep you safe on the roads:
1. Drive, accelerate, and decelerate slower than normal.
Driving slower will help your wheels to grip to the snow and the road better in these conditions. Also make sure to accelerate and decelerate slower, as moving too quickly can cause the wheels to slip.
2. Try not to stop when going up hills.
It takes your car much more effort to start back up again once it is stopped on a hill. This can also cause slippage with the wheels and will make them spin.
3. Keep windshield wipers and low beam headlights on.
Keeping your windshield clean by using your wipers. Also make sure to put your lights on, but not on regular or high beams. Low beams should be used as they will cut through the snow and help you to see more clearly.
4. Carry emergency chains in your car.
If you drive in an area that consistently gets snow, make sure to carry a set of chains in case you get stuck in a situation where you need them.
While light wind might not bother the driver, heavy wind can actually be a dangerous weather condition.
Some tips to keep yourself safe when driving in heavy winds are:
1. Keep a tight grip on your wheel and pay extra attention.
Make sure that both of your hands are on the wheel and both of your eyes are on the road. In heavy winds, there may be higher gusts in certain areas that can knock your car out of place.
2. Pay attention to other vehicles.
Other vehicles will be dealing with the same problems you are of their car being moved by the wind. If you are on more than a one-way highway, keep your eye out for cars next to you – especially if they are larger semi trucks, motor homes, etc.