Safety is always the number one concern when driving. With these tips, you can be less risky in heavy rain and windy weather.
Learn the Road, Know Your Vehicle:
- Before you leave, Examine your vehicle.
- Plan your route to avoid small roads. Then memorize it so you don’t get distracted looking at signs or a map.
- Tune your radio to find traffic information.
- The essential rules in the event of bad weather of all kinds are to limit your speed and to keep your distance.
- Ask yourself if your trip is really necessary. Never drive in extreme weather conditions if you don’t have to.
Get Yourself a Roadside Emergency Kit:
Prepare your vehicle by making sure you have everything you might need in an emergency, including:
- A scraper
- A cell phone
- A flashlight
- Tow cables
- Jumper cables
- A jack and a spare wheel
- A shovel
- A warning triangle
- Sackcloth to put under blocked wheels
- A change of clothes
- A hot drink in a thermos
- In case of heavy snowfall, you may need chains.
Stay Safe in Strong Winds:
- An onslaught of winds can sway a car and make it difficult to drive, not to mention that the wind can send tree branches and other debris in your path.
- Keep your eyes wide open and watch for potential dangers.
- Firmly grip the steering wheel with both hands, especially if you are overtaking another vehicle.
- Be careful with caravans and bicycles, which can get knocked off the road by moving air.
Keep your Senses Alert in Heavy Rain:
- Leave double the braking distance between yourself and other cars and test your brakes. Lightly press the brake pedal every now and then, the friction will help keep them dry.
- Drive with your low beam headlights to reduce glare, and put your wipers in fast mode.
- When you cannot see more than 100 meters (320 feet), use your headlights.
- If you are driving on a slippery road, don’t break. Release the accelerator to gradually slow down. Hold the steering wheel firmly and brace yourself: when the tires regain traction, they could cause the car to swerve.
- Never enter standing water that is too deep for your car. Cross shallow water at a slow, steady speed.
- After driving through a puddle, test your brakes right after or as soon as it is safe to do so.
- If you can’t figure out the depth of a puddle, don’t go there.
If you are driving in extreme weather conditions, always put safety before punctuality. Better to arrive late and in one piece than to take unnecessary risks.