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Tips for Driving in Extreme Weather

Nov7

Tips for Driving in Extreme Weather
Driving in dicey weather conditions can be downright nerve-wracking. It can also be very dangerous. Being aware of how modifying your driving during rain, storms, snow and fog can help you stay calm during your commute.
 

Severe Rain:

  • Turn on your headlights, wipers and demister to increase visibility.
  • Drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you and reduce your speed.
  • Allow for increased space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • If you hydroplane, hold the steering wheel straight and remove your foot from the accelerator.
 

Snow and Ice:

  • Clean ice and snow off your windows, bonnet and boot before departing.
  • Drive with extreme caution and at reduced speeds.
  • Do not brake quickly as you may spin out of control
  • It is very important that you allow extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you when driving in snow because you will need three to 12 times the amount of stopping distance that you normally need without any precipitation.
 

Fog:

  • Slow down before you reach a patch of fog in front of you.
  • Use your low beams or fog lights and put on your demister and windscreen wipers to increase visibility.
  • If the fog is extremely thick, roll down all of your windows to hear other vehicles around you.
 

Whenever you will be driving in any weather, be sure your vehicle is properly equipped. Your brakes should be functioning correctly, and your tyres should be properly inflated with a good tread surface. 

 
 

Posted by: Higos Insurance Services Ltd