When you’re driving on the roads, there are lots of things to be thinking about and assessing. How far ahead is the car in front? Will that car that is parked pull out quickly? Do those pedestrians on the sidewalk see you? Not to mention what is going on with your car, such as the indicator and breaks working, and checking that you’re going the right speed limit. So when you throw some bad weather into the mix, it can make things even more hazardous.
Snow and ice can make driving conditions even more dangerous than normal. But it isn’t just cold and adverse weather conditions that can affect how safe you are when you’re driving. Bright sunshine that affects your vision can be dangerous, especially if it stops you seeing some brake lights, seeing traffics lights change or not noticing a pedestrian. So if you’re not careful, even in cases where the weather played a part, car accident attorneys may be people that you need to call, as it wouldn’t be a straightforward investigation. In order to help you be prepared for any weather conditions, here are some hints and tips to help. You don’t want to end up in an accident if it can be avoided.
There isn’t too much that you can do for bright sunshine that leads to a glare, other than checking that your windscreen visors are working and intact, and perhaps having some sunglasses in the car to help reduce glare. The best thing to do if sunshine does become an issue is to keep your speed down. When your speed is lower, it allows more time for reactions if there is anything that you only see at the last minute. Try to match your speed to what you can see; if you can’t see a lot, then go slowly.
Snow and Ice
Again, keeping your speed low can help when there is snow and ice on the road. If you were to slip and slide in the road, then it gives you more time to react to it if you are going slower. If you hit some ice hard, then it can mean you’ll cause more damage, if you’re driving at a higher speed. With the same thing in mind, make sure you are driving further away from cars when it is snowy and icy. Leave a bigger gap than you normally would. It allows more time for you to react to what they do, especially if they spin out.
If you do start to skid, it can fill you with panic as you can feel very out of control, but try to stay as calm as possible. When you know how to deal with an icy skid, then it can make the situation much more bearable. Take your feet off the brakes and the gas, and turn the car into the direction that the car is skidding. It can feel tricky as you will naturally want to turn the car the other way, but when you turn into the skid, it will cancel out the skid and the car will align itself and carry on.
If your car has fog lights then it is a good idea to switch them on if you are driving in thick fog. They are lower to the ground and more yellow than the rest of the white lights on the car, so can help you to see much more easily. Speed plays a vital role when driving in fog, especially when you don’t know the road and what is around the corner. Slow down, especially when coming to hills and bends. It is a good idea to press the brakes a few times before entering a patch of thick fog too. It shows any cars behind you that you’re slowing down, and when doing it at a time that they can see your lights, there is less chance of them bumping into you from behind.
Driving through a little bit of rain can be fairly straightforward. But when it comes to heavy rain, it can be tricky to navigate, especially if you start to aquaplane. Much like skidding on ice, you should come off the brakes and the gas, and turn into the skid ever so gently. But in most cases, you should avoid driving through large puddles or flooded areas. It can be hard to gauge the depth of the water, and if it is too deep, it can cause damage to the brakes and the engine if water gets in it. So after a puddle, pump the brakes a few times to create friction that should hopefully dry them out.