Driving with different weather Conditions

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in Born to Drive

Hurricane season is in full affect and while we are in a major drought we still do have those periods where we can have torrential amounts of rain. In Houston, we normally have 2 types of weather conditions: rain and heat. Every now and then we get some snow and maybe ice.  Understanding how to drive in different weather conditions is critical for being a responsible driver. One mistake can not only put yourself at risk but other people at risk as well.

In Houston it rains rather often so it is really easy to become involved into driving on wet slippery surfaces. The rain on the road surface combines with fuel, dust, debris and soot from the tires of other vehicles. As the result we have a slick road that can cause car’s slipping and sliding which is very dangerous. In this situation you should do the following:

* Slow Down. It is obvious but still you should remember, that your tires will have less grip on the wet than on the dry road, that’s why try to keep the speed down. If you drive fast in wet weather this can result in aquaplaning. This is caused by a layer of water formed between the road and the tires of a car. In this case the tires don’t touch the road and you lose control over braking and steering.

* Increase Stopping Distances. You should increase the distance between your car and the vehicle in front. Always be ready to double your stopping distance in heavy rain. For this you should reduce the pressure on the pedal, particularly on the brake pedal. When slowing down, ease off your accelerator and slow down gradually. This will prevent you from skidding and losing control. If you slam on the brake this can lead you to uncontrolled skid and therefore to an accident.

* Turn On Your Headlights. Visibility is always reduced by rain and spray. Turning your headlights on will make you more visible to other drivers which is especially important in gloomy conditions.

Time and time again we will see an area of water and we think "hey, that isn’t really bad, I can make it though that" and we end up getting stuck. If you get see yourself caught in this situation you should do the following:

* Don’t Take Risks. Never make an attempt to drive over a flooded road. If it is possible, turn back and find another way.

* Never Underestimate the Power of Water. Keep in mind that 2 feet of water, moving quickly, is enough to float a car. Water which moves slowly can easily sweep a car off a road or bridge.

* Abandon if Water Rises. If you are in you car and the water begins to raise rapidly never try to take care of you poor vehicle as it may lead to sad results. Leave your car immediately.

* Driving Through. If you have to drive through the floodwater move slowly in first gear, and keep the engine speed high. This will prevent the car from stalling and will keep water from backing up the exhaust.

By going to www.DefensiveDriving.Com we offer more information on how to drive safely in weather conditions as well assist you in ticket dismissal and auto insurance reduction.

-Kim

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