Sudden weather changes can ruin your trip. Driving in bad weather conditions can sometimes be very dangerous. In order to get your car ready for driving make sure your windscreen and lights are clean, all the lights in your car are working perfectly, and the tires are in good condition. Before traveling, carry out a thorough research on weather forecasts and get road condition updates for the destination you’re headed. This will help avoid driving in and around dangerous conditions. So many people jump into their vehicles when the weather is friendly and end up in a storm. When you find yourself in unexpected weather condition, follow these safety tips.
Our weather can change dramatically, even within seconds. You have to be well prepared for whatever you may encounter. Before going on long trips, you should plan carefully. Things to pack include flashlight, proper clothing, windshield washer fluid, windshield scraper, tire chains, blanket and jumper cables.
It is expected to carry out a pre-trip inspection on your vehicle before every trip. Check every items and parts of your car including lights, tires, and wiper blades. Contact a professional mechanic to help put your car in good shape and ready for travel if need be.
Some accidents occur because of the recklessness of drivers even in bad weather conditions. Driving slowly gives you more time to react whenever something occurs unexpectedly. Extra patience when driving in bad weather matters a lot.
Give yourself extra space
Do not drive too close to the vehicle in front of you so as to have enough time and space to move out of harm’s way and avoid unexpected crash if they stop suddenly. Create an extra space between you and other vehicles. In good weather, make sure you are at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front. For bad weather, it should be at least 4 seconds between you and the vehicle in front.
Stay put in your vehicle when stranded
If you are experiencing a bad storm and get stuck on the road, the best thing to do is to stay in your car. It is quite easy to get confused in a bad storm. Remember to keep moving to stay warm and run your engine for about 15 minutes every hour. Never leave your car without the keys
Proper planning and regular maintenance of your car are the key to ensure road safety while driving in bad weather. Before embarking on a journey, check to see if your car is prepared to take on the effects of sudden weather changes.