Every time you get into your car, you get the feeling that the trip is another kind of joy ride. The thought of driving around town in your own car excites you every time. However, when it starts to pour and the wind hits your car windows with a gust, that’s a totally another story.
The best strategy to overcome bad weather driving is to simply avoid it. But if you are already out there caught up in a bad weather condition, here are a few driving tips to help you survive the weather.
Make sure that your car headlights are on. If you have fog lamps, then you should turn them on too. They should help you get more road visibility, allowing you to maneuver safely. While the windshield wipers may make it a bit difficult to drive, the headlights will save you. Make sure that both of these are turned on when driving through the strong rain.
Work on increasing the distance between you and the car in front of you. Is there a point of decreasing the distance between these two cars to about two feet? The risk of running into an accident also increases when there is a decrease in the distance between vehicles. You’ll never know when you need to maneuver your way around and if the distance is limited, you might not be able to do that.
Slow down. There is no point of being in a hurry to go home. besides, the roads are more slippery when they are wet and the brakes are harder to bite when the roads are slippery. When you drive slow in the rain, you have more control of your vehicle. When you need to stop, you can easily do that.
Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for such conditions. Before you leave the house for a short or a long trip, make sure that the car is in good running condition to take you out on the road. Check the battery, the brakes, windshield wipers, car tires and the list just goes on and on.
Always be cautious when driving in bad weather. Although your light says green, you must always stop and look ahead especially in the intersection. Some drivers might not be following traffic rules and you might fall victim to one of them. Always scan ahead to check for potential hazards that are there.