Driv­ing tips for poor weather con­di­tions

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

TH­ESE driv­ing tips are specif­i­cally for driv­ing in bad weather. With so many large pile-ups in the news lately and with the ex­treme weather we seem to be hav­ing, it’s im­por­tant to know how to drive in all sorts of weather con­di­tions.

Driv­ing in snow Driv­ing

in snow is se­ri­ous busi­ness. Things can change in a big hurry dur­ing a snow­storm and can lit­er­ally be­come deadly dur­ing a bliz­zard. Even when the storm is over, the slip­pery streets still present se­ri­ous safety haz­ards and vis­i­bil­ity is­sues. This ar­ti­cle will go over all the de­fen­sive driv­ing tips you need to know spe­cific to driv­ing in win­ter weather con­di­tions.

In this ar­ti­cle, you’ll learn how to avoid a skid, dif­fer­ent stop­ping tech­niques in an emer­gency, and what to do if you do end up in a skid. This po­ten­tially life­sav­ing ad­vice will help make you a safer and more de­fen­sive driver when you’re caught driv­ing in snow.

Driv­ing on ice

Some of the most hor­rific ac­ci­dents oc­cur dur­ing icy driv­ing con­di­tions. This is be­cause many times, the ice is in­vis­i­ble to the hu­man eye. This type of ice is called “black ice” and de­spite the name, this ice is to­tally trans­par­ent. Driv­ing on ice is noth­ing to play around with.

If you can avoid driv­ing on ice, do so at all costs. How­ever, if you are caught un­ex­pect­edly in icy driv­ing con­di­tions or for some rea­son have no other choice, th­ese tips are in­valu­able.

Straight from a CDL driv­ing in­struc­tor and for­mer truck driver, you’ll learn the tricks of the pro­fes­sional driv­ing.

Driv­ing in rain

While driv­ing in rain may not seem all that dan­ger­ous, the un­for­tu­nate truth is that traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties in­crease dur­ing poor weather con­di­tions. Not only does rain cre­ate a slicker sur­face, but it also de­creases vis­i­bil­ity. Wet road­ways are typ­i­cally the most dan­ger­ous right af­ter a rain be­gins be­cause the rain will mix with oil, gas, and other ve­hi­cle flu­ids on the road­way sur­face.

This is es­pe­cially true near in­ter­sec­tions. While you might drive safely dur­ing rainy con­di­tions, what about the driv­ers around you? With th­ese de­fen­sive driv­ing tips for rainy con­di­tions, you’ll al­ways be one step ahead and ready to avoid dan­gers that present them­selves.

Driv­ing at night

Driv­ing dur­ing the day­light hours can be dan­ger­ous, but driv­ing at night is the most dan­ger­ous time to drive. While there are fewer ve­hi­cles on the road, vis­i­bil­ity is greatly re­duced and the

num­ber of in­tox­i­cated or fa­tigued driv­ers on the road­ways in­creases al­most 10 fold. Sure, you may be a safe driver, even at night, but you can’t con­trol the driv­ers around you. That’s why it is cru­cially im­por­tant to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions and al­ways plan for the un­ex­pected.

Drunk driv­ers and fa­tigued driv­ers are very un­pre­dictable. With th­ese safe driv­ing tips for driv­ing at night, you’ll be as pre­pared as you can be for deal­ing with drunks, fa­tigued driv­ers, and the low vis­i­bil­ity dur­ing night­time con­di­tions.

Driv­ing in fog There’s no ques­tion about it — driv­ing in fog is ter­ri­fy­ing! Very few peo­ple ac­tu­ally choose to drive in foggy con­di­tions and that’s be­cause the ex­treme dan­gers are ob­vi­ous. Ev­ery year, news re­ports of mas­sive pile-up crashes in­volv­ing in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties are on the news.

Un­til self-driv­ing cars be­come a re­al­ity, th­ese types of large, multi-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents in foggy con­di­tions will not sub­side.

— drive-safely.net

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