Summer is here, so we can relax and drive carefree because there is no snow, ice, or frost on the road. However, these adverse traffic conditions will come sooner than we think, winter always seems to be just around the corner. That’s why it is important to review safety tips about riding in bad weather and always be prepared. We’re sharing our list of the absolutely essential tips that we always follow to stay safe on bad weather days.
Plan Ahead and Drive Slowly
These two tips are complementary and since riding in bad weather usually takes longer than riding under the sun. By planning your trip ahead and leaving your home earlier than you think is necessary, you will not have the urge to drive fast to make up time.
When you’re running late, you will naturally feel more under stress, which will make it more difficult for you to make good, rational decisions. Moreover, check the weather forecast before you leave. If it is possible, postpone the trip if it seems like the weather is going to be a problem.
Hold the Distance
Don’t drive too close to the car in front of you. If there is snow or ice on the road, the distance necessary for a complete stop is much longer than usual. Make enough room in order to have time to brake or perform a safety maneuver if the car in front of you suddenly decelerates. Rule of thumb is to double the usual distance that you hold between you and the car in front.
Maintain Your Vehicle Properly
This rule goes for any driving conditions. Whenever you sit in your car, you should be 100% certain that it is in good working order. However, it is worth emphasizing it when we’re talking about driving in bad weather.
You should check your oil level and your tire pressure more frequently in winter. Make sure your wipers work well and that all of your lights are functioning. If there is frost on your windshield or your mirrors, make sure to clean them before beginning your trip.
Use Low Beams in Fog
No matter if you’re driving at night or during the day, turn on your lights in fog. Make sure to turn on low beams because your visibility will be much higher. Other drivers will be able to see you much more easily as well and have time to avoid you in case it’s necessary.
Finally, listen to the radio to hear the latest weather updates and stop if you feel that it is necessary. It is better to lose a little bit of time than get yourself in trouble.