Driving in Bad Weather Conditions

by Josiah Sinanan on November 6, 2018

Driving safe in bad weather

A country like Canada sees many weather conditions that can effect safe driving. Knowing what adjustments to make in varying weather could save you (and others on the road) from potentially dangerous situations. Read below to know how to drive in different types of inclement weather.

Foggy Conditions

  • Make sure your fog lights are turned on (find out where they are located beforehand by consulting your owner’s manual)
  • To avoid being hit from behind, pump your brakes before heading into a fog bank so those behind you can see you.
  • Pay extra attention when approaching a hill, in case there are other cars stopped there.

Rainy Weather

  • Slow down. Rainy conditions mean that there is potential to hydroplane. As a preventative measure, slow down to ensure you maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Avoid areas where there is flooding. It is difficult to gauge how deep puddles may be on the roads, and there could be significant damage if there is water brought into the air intake valve.

Snowy and Icy Conditions

  • Drive slow! Everyone knows that in snowy weather, it is best to drive slow, even with all-wheel drive. Other drivers will appreciate it and it is a preventative measure to more serious consequences.
  • Watch out for black ice. If dark outside, watch for the reflection of your headlights off it’s glaze. Be sure you’re extra slow by stop signs and lights.
  • Leave room behind other cars. It’s never a good idea to tailgate when it’s snowy outside – leave plenty of stopping room between cars.
  • Don’t brake while turning. In order to reduce the likelihood of spinning out, slow down before a turn, then coast into the turn itself. Avoid pressing the gas during a turn as well.
  • If skidding, turn the direction of the skid. Instead of turning away from a skid, turn into it. If your car is skidding to the left, gently turn your wheel the same direction, and the car should start steering straight afterwards.

Be prepared for any situation

Remember, if you’re in a bad situation that you were not prepared for, pull over and turn on your hazard lights. Stay with your car and wait for conditions to improve.
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