We all need to get to our destinations at any given time, however, we cannot predict the weather.
We can, however, take precautions to arrive alive during the stormy conditions and there are a few things we all need to take into consideration when we head out.
These are some tips you need to keep in mind when travelling:
1: Slow Down. There are minimum and maximum speeds for a reason, make sure you keep within the limit always.
2: Turn your headlights on! When driving in bad weather, it is very important for you to be able to see other motorists as well as them seeing you.
3: Always maintain a safe following distance! When the roads are wet they offer less grip, so allow plenty of room between you and the vehicles in front of and behind you to be safe.
4: Stay Informed! Make sure you check traffic websites before you head out that way you will know whether roads are open or closed. Plan your journey to avoid trouble spots and watch the weather forecast.
5: Patience is key! Patience needs to be applied in all aspects when the roads are wet as the journey can take much longer when there are poor weather conditions. It is not worth it to rush.
6: Vision is vital! Always keep your eyes ahead when driving, and make sure to always watch the vehicles around you.
7: Tread softly! Harsh breaking or acceleration can upset the stability of the vehicle. Traction and stability should be active at all times.
8: Keep an eye out for debris! In events of bad weather, storms tend to leave rubbish on the roads. Some of these could be dangerous while driving, so make sure you look for objects such as tree branches and smaller objects which could cause punctures.
9: Avoid puddles! Always stay away from gutters where large amounts of water can gather. Cars and water do not mix! If you do come across deep water, slow down gently and maintain control of the steering wheel, then continue with your journey.
10: These are tips to keep you safe and sound as you head out. In an event you venture into stormy weather, make sure to stay calm. Try to handle the situation as best as possible and keep everyone in the vehicle calm and at ease.
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