Nothing sucks more than driving in less than ideal weather. Whether it’s a foggy night, a huge afternoon downpour or a freezing day, there are a lot of things that can screw with your car during your trip. Here are some tips to help you get around when nature would prefer that you stay home:
1. Drive slowly
The number one thing to remember in any of these less than ideal scenarios is to drive slowly. Snow days could mean icy roads and a downpour equals a wet road. Both cases can mess with your tyre grip and lead to a lot of uncontrollable skidding. If you DO end up skidding, slowly turn your wheels towards the direction of your skid so that your car can correct itself.
2. Don’t tailgate!
While we’d rather not have someone else cutting in front of us when we’re already in a (safe) rush to get home, the aforementioned slippery roads might lead to accidents if you choose to tailgate. The worst case is that the person in front of you hits the brakes and the road is too slippery for you to stop at the same time, meaning that you’ll likely slide forward and hit the back of their car. On the flip side, if for some reason their car slides backwards and your car is too close behind, it will still end with a collision.
3. Don’t risk deep waters
While it may be tempting to drive through a deep puddle or a small flooded stretch of road, we highly recommend not doing so. Aside from all the nasty things under the surface that could damage your car, driving into deep waters could cause your car to shut down if the water gets sucked up into your air intake. If your car suddenly stops, there’s no telling if whoever’s behind you won’t accidentally hit you, especially if visibility is low.
Remember that even in the worst weather conditions, rushing doesn’t mean disregarding your safety and that of the people around you. If anything, you should be doubly careful during these situations in order to get to where you need to be as quickly and as safely as possible. In the worst-case scenario where you do have an accident, remember that Not My Fault accident replacement vehicles are here to help you get back on the road as quickly as possible – call us today.