There are many challenges when it comes to the safe operation of your vehicle. A number of factors are out of our control but how we react to them is an important way to stay safe. One important area to discuss is driving under the bad weather.
Every day we drive, there are changes in the weather which can impact the road conditions. It is therefore important to understand how the weather can impact these road conditions and what to do about them.
For example rain is a common situation when driving. It is very important to realize several things about how rain impacts the safe operation of your vehicle.
First of all, rain often makes it more difficult to see clearly through your windshield. And even though you may have effective windshield wipers, the visibility is almost always less than during good weather. So make certain to adjust your speed accordingly based on this more limited visibility.
Rain also coats the roadway with a film of water. If it is raining particularly hard, it can make the roadway much slicker and increase the chances of skidding. A situation called hydroplaning can occur if you drive too fast. The car actually “floats” on a film of water and you have a much lower grip on the road. If you aren’t careful and need to change direction quickly or brake suddenly, you may find that you can lose control.
So the simple solution to dealing with driving in the rain is to stay alert and SLOW DOWN.
Wind can be another problem. Even if the skies are relatively clear and there is no snow or rain on the ground, wind can unexpectedly push your car around and create a greater risk of accidents. The simple solution here is to slow down and stay alert.
And snow and ice is probably the worst weather related problems. Snow and ice on the road definitely makes loss of control a greater risk. It is therefore very important to slow down and maintain a much broader distance between vehicles. If you need to slow down, your car will not have the same grip and therefore braking ability as when conditions are clear.
If the weather turns bad, another option is to wait until it improves before driving your vehicle. Don’t create a difficult situation if you don’t have to. But if it is necessary for you to be driving during the bad weather, make sure you slow down and stay alert to many potential problems caused by the weather and other drivers. This will help you to stay as safe as possible.