If you’re keen on learning about some of the dangers of driving in extreme conditions, such as in wet weather or on snow covered roads, simply continue reading to discover a handy guide to driving safely in inclement weather conditions.
The dangers of driving in extreme conditions:
1. You may have trouble bringing your car to a complete stop
Many individuals make the mistake of assuming that they’ll be able to stop their car as fast in wet conditions as in dry conditions. However, the reality is, that on average it will take you twice the amount of time to stop your car in the rain as it would take you to stop your car on a dry day.
So when you find yourself driving in the rain, make sure to increase your following distance and to decrease your speed, in order to increase your chances of being able to stop safely in an emergency.
As an example, if the car infront of you, stops in their tracks to avoid hitting an animal which has run across the road, you’ll find it far easier to slow your vechile and to avoid hitting the car behind you, if you increased your following distance and decreased your speed.
2. Make sure to drive extra carefully in snowy conditions
The risk of not being able to stop your car safely in snowy conditions is extremely high and it may take your 10 times longer to bring your car to a stop in snowy conditions, that it would in dry conditions. So make sure to take even more care driving on snow covered roads than you do in wet weather conditions.
Not only is slowing down harder in snowy conditions but it’s also a whole lot more difficult to turn accurately on slippery snow covered roads.
3. Check your tyre pressure
Before heading out on a drive, it’s also a wise move to check your tyre pressure as if one of your tyres is underinflated or overinflated your tyre could explode whilst you’re driving, which could cause you to crash at a high speed. Especially in inclement weather conditions! So it’s always a great idea to check your tyre pressure at least one per week and before heading out on any road trips.
4. Check each of your tyre’s tread
As well as keeping an eye on your car’s tyre pressure, also make a habit out of checking each of your tyre’s tread as tyres which lack a decent amount of tread don’t offer enough traction with the road and may also cause you to swerve on the road or to fail to execute a clean turn. This is why it is a good idea to get new tyres or it may in turn lead to a nasty car crash. It’s also crucial to have plenty of tread if you plan on driving in snowy or wet conditions as you want as much friction between your tyres and the road as possible.
Also keep in mind that tyres which are too worn down are also more likely to incur punctures. So it’s definitely well worth making sure to check the tread on your tyres on a regular basis. Again, you can’t go wrong checking the tread on each of your tyres, including your spare tyre before a big road trip or drive!
Hopefully, you’re now well aware of how you can drive safely in inclement weather conditions. Such as on wet roads or snow covered roads!
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