Safe driving techniques in bad weather

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If you get caught on the road in bad weather conditions, it is important to follow these safe driving techniques:

1. Make sure your headlights are on – Be Visible, Be Seen!

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2. Obey all road and traffic signs – Safety authorities post this information with good reason.

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3. Be alert and drive defensively.

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4. Be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances.

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5. Allow yourself enough time and space to react to a sudden emergency and move from harm’s way, or to come to a stop safely.
Increase your following distance – remain well behind the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.

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6. Slow down. Braking takes longer on slippery roads — the slower you go, the easier it will be for you to maintain control and stop your vehicle.

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7. Don’t slow down so much that you become a risk to other drivers – rather move off the road surface than getting to a complete stall in areas of poor visibility.

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8. Be aware that in reduced visibility conditions, drivers tend to follow the tail lights of vehicles in front of them.

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9. Use special caution near intersections. Never assume that because you have the green light or the right of way that the intersection will be clear — always scan ahead to spot potential hazards.

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10. Avoid unnecessary lane changes – stay in one lane as much as possible.

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11. Keep two hands firmly on the wheel and two eyes on the road at all times.

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Safety tips courtesy of Arrive Alive Road Safety Awareness.

Report bad driving and road conditions on 0861 400 800.

 

 

  AUTHOR
Tersia Gopi

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