6 Driving Tips That Can Help You Avoid Car Accidents in Bad Weather
Not only is a car a comfortable means of transport but it’s also a big responsibility for a driver especially in bad weather. According to research done by American scientists, about 22% of all road accidents each year are due to meteorological factors. That’s why every driver is required to have special knowledge and skills that will help them to manage the car when the weather is far from good.
Bright Side wants to help us learn how to drive when the weather outside is brewing.
1. In fog
If you are driving in a fog, the side windows of your car should be kept down so that you can hear what’s happening outside better. Besides that, turn on your low beams instead of your high beams. When using high beams, the light will reflect in the tiniest particles of the fog, which could confuse you while driving.
2. On a slippery road
When driving on a slippery road, pay attention when going up and down bridges. As a rule, the sand-salt mixture comes off quickly from them and that’s why they represent an increased source of danger for cars.
3. During rain
A large British insurance company doesn’t recommend using rear fog lights because they can mask the brake lights of your car and thus, confuse drivers behind you. Also, coming up to a big puddle, it’s better to stop the car in front of it and try to measure it to be sure that you can cross it.
It’s okay if there is a line of other cars behind you — by measuring the puddle you’ll help other drivers to overcome the obstacle too.
4. During the rain, at night
If you happen to be driving in heavy rain at night, keep in mind that raindrops on the windshield refract light and can blind you as the driver. Additionally, strong rain flows also create a reflecting screen when they are lit. That’s why it’s better to regulate your headlights so that their beams don’t go upward.
If you end up in a snow mound on the curb of the road in winter, don’t steer the wheel in the opposite direction. It’s necessary to keep the steering wheel turned to the same direction and get back to the road by constantly pressing the gas.
6. During a dust storm
In order to safely get to the destination point during a dust storm, among many other recommendations, the experts of a big manufacturing company recommend leaving the road, parking the car on the shoulder, and keeping its headlights switched off. Otherwise, other cars might mistakenly take the lights of your car for moving traffic and bump into it.
Have you ever had to drive in bad weather? Are you aware of other useful tricks? Please share them with us in the comments!
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