Tips for driv­ing safely

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

Make al­lowances for the wet weather and you will stay safe.

Drive sen­si­bly. Avoid abrupt ac­cel­er­at­ing, brak­ing and quick steer­ing. Most skid­ding is caused by sud­den stops and turns.

Be aware when driv­ing. Your inat­ten­tion may cause you to brake hard or make quick turns.

Al­low ex­tra dis­tance for brak­ing. Your car needs more stop­ping dis­tance on slick roads.

Do not al­low tyres to wear down too far. As tread depth ap­proaches inches, ad­her­ing to a wet road is sharply re­duced.

Cloudy weather re­duces vis­i­bil­ity so use ex­tra cau­tion when pass­ing other ve­hi­cles.

Main­tain a min­i­mum dis­tance of four to eight sec­onds be­tween your ve­hi­cle and the ve­hi­cle in front of you.

If your ve­hi­cle skids, do not hit the brakes. Ease off of the ac­cel­er­a­tor and steer into the di­rec­tion of the skid.

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