Dispatcher Files Bad weather can catch drivers off guard. You may not be a reckless driver, but something as simple as a mild drizzle could impact your ability to drive safely. Here are a few tips to help lower your accident risk and increase your driving skill. The 2-3 Second Rule – To apply this
Bad weather can catch drivers off guard. You may not be a reckless driver, but something as simple as a mild drizzle could impact your ability to drive safely. Here are a few tips to help lower your accident risk and increase your driving skill.
- The 2-3 Second Rule – To apply this rule, use a landmark and count the time between yourself and the vehicle in front of you in seconds.
- The 3 Car-Lengths Rule – A good indication of a safe following distance is imagining keeping three car distances between you and the car in front of you. In wet weather, increase the following distance even more.
- Tyre Traction – Although modern vehicles are fitted with advanced safety features and vehicle driving dynamic systems, the car itself still connects to the road through the tyres. This means that your vehicle’s traction is managed with only the small patch of tyre rubber that makes contact with the road. Ensure your tyres are in good condition and have a tread of at least 1 mm or more for better grip
- Slow Down – On wet roads your car will require a longer distance to brake due to reduced traction. Heavier vehicles will add to the time and distance the car would require coming to a safe stop.
- Check Your Windscreen Wipers – Windscreen wipers are made from rubber and silicone composites. These will deteriorate over time if the vehicle is exposed to heavy sunlight during the day, or if temperatures and the weather change drastically. Look for any cracks in the rubber, colour fade, or hardening.
- Drive With Your Lights On – Visibility is crucial when driving in bad weather. Make your own vehicle as visible as possible and the most important time to switch on your headlights is when visibility is low. However, avoid driving with your high-beam ‘brights’ on as it can interfere with other drivers’ visibility in rainy conditions.
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