Most drivers don’t enjoy driving in bad weather. It can be hard to grip the road, see in front of you or drive at your preferred speed. However, most drivers are going to experience bad driving conditions at some point. How do you manage to drive safely when the weather is bad?
Increase Your Following Distance
The easiest way to avoid an accident is to keep your distance from the car in front of you. In bad weather, it can be hard to brake suddenly without skidding or sliding off the road. Therefore, add a few extra meters between yourself and the car in front of you at all times.
You shouldn’t attempt to drive above the speed limit when it is raining or snowing heavily. In some cases, it may not even be wise to drive at the speed limit. Make sure that you judge how fast you can drive without putting yourself in danger whenever you are driving in less than ideal conditions.
Don’t Use Your High Beams
Using your bright lights can make it harder to see when it is raining or snowing out. This is because the liquid will reflect off of your lights and make it look like there is more snow or rain coming down. While it is a good idea to have your lights on, be sure that you are using your regular lights.
Pull Over If You Cannot See
Find a rest area where you can pull off the road if you are having an especially hard time seeing while driving. It is possible that your visibility while driving can be so poor that you cannot see more than a few inches past your vehicle. If you are going to pull over to the side of the road, make sure that you keep your lights on to allow other drivers to see you while you are stationery.
Ensure That Your Heater And Wipers Work
If you don’t have proper heat in your vehicle, it may be impossible for snow, ice and rain to evaporate off of your automobile. Without good wipers, it won’t be possible to keep rain and snow off of your windshield. Check your vehicle to make sure that all parts are working properly and that your tyres are in good condition before taking it out into bad weather.
Driving in bad weather is never fun. However, you will drive in poor conditions at least once in your life. Therefore, it is important to know how to handle the weather while staying safe. You don’t want to be in an accident because you were driving too fast for the conditions or didn’t leave enough of a following distance.
Tony is a driving instructor from Brisbane, Australia. He is an advocate for driving safety and ensures that all of his students are capable of driving in bad weather.