How Weather Affects One’s Ability to Drive Safely

We need different weather conditions to help the earth’s eco system. We also sometimes enjoy the different weather conditions because of the variations of warmth or coolness we receive. But like most things, there is always a safety precaution to take when driving a car in these different weather conditions.

Wind isn’t the worst weather condition to experience. It cools us down a bit when the sun is burning our skin and it also dusts sand off of our patios and verandas. Strong winds, however, can knock the cars off course. Sometimes the wind makes us swerve around the road because of how strong the force is that is pushing our cars.

Winter is a difficult season to drive in. There are so many factors that you have to think about including the snow or moisture on the road, the temperature of the road and the temperature your tyres can handle.

The first thing to remember when driving in extremely cold temperatures is to drive as slowly as you can without obstructing traffic. The roads might be slippery and treading on the tyres won’t grip as easily because of the lack of friction.

Snow can be damaging in many ways. Not only does the freezing cold bring pain to our finger tips but it also creates a sheet of frost on the roads that make slippage very easy. Snow can also influence the car’s ability to start because of the lack of warmth within the engine.

Extreme heats won’t affect the car too dramatically but it can influence overheating whilst driving. Overheating can greatly damage the components of the car and delay you from getting to your destination.

Fog is similar to heavy rains except you can’t see a meter in front of you because of the thickness of the cloud. Fog usually happens when the clouds drop very low to the ground. You will often notice fog in the mountain areas where rain and snow is common. It is important to always have your bright lights or fog lights on when in these conditions to ensure you are visible to other drivers.

Rain can influence how well we see when we are driving. This will usually happen when there are heavy rains that make the roads look like they have a white sheet covering them. Sometimes the cool rain fogs up the windscreen making it almost impossible to see where the lines on the road are.

Rain could also influence how quickly we are able to brake. The brake discs may cause a stopping motion to take effect but if the roads are lubricated with water, the tyres won’t grip into the usually rough tar. This could cause the car to slide across the road.

Try to avoid going out in extreme weather conditions to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Different types of conditions can affect your car’s driving performance and impair your vision whilst driving. It is important to drive only when you know it’s safe or if you know how to drive in these different weather events.

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