Traveling by road has its own charm. You get to see all of the scenery, and have fun while you drive with your friends or family. Cars have been designed in order to give the best comfort and mileage possible. However, road travel isn’t safe in bad weather. A lot of people want to travel by road during bad weather in order to enjoy the experience. For them, driving in the rain or in the snow provides an adrenaline rush. Though traveling by road during bad weather is advised against, sometimes you might not have any other option. It could start raining or snowing while you drive, or you might have somewhere important to be. The major thing you need to take care of is low visibility while you drive. This can lead to accidents and makes it harder to drive. Other than that, the traction between the tires and the road decreases, and it might cause the car to slip, etc. If you have no other choice but to travel during bad weather, then here are some tips that can help you travel safely.
1. The Forecast
Many people don’t listen to the weather forecast. However, it’s important that you listen to the forecast before you start to travel by road in order to be ready. If the forecast predicts violent storms or snow in the area, you are going to travel to, then its best not to go. However, if you still have to travel, then it’s best to be prepared.
2. The Vehicle lights
The most important things in bad weather are the lights of your vehicle. You need to make sure that the vehicle’s headlamps, turn signals and hazard signals are working properly. Your visibility will be decreased because of the bad weather, and that’s why you need to make sure that you know ahead of you, and other drivers know where you are on the road as well.
3. The Windshield wipers
When driving in heavy rain, proper windshield wipers are a must. The last thing you need is a windshield wiper that isn’t able to keep the water away and obstructing your view of the road. Try and use water repellants on the screen as well.
4. The Tires
When driving in snow or ice, the tires of your vehicle are very important. The tires of your car should provide proper traction as not to give you any trouble when driving on slippery roads. Tires shouldn’t be improperly inflated. Having too much air in the tires can cause them to lose traction as well.
5. Be Attentive
Not all drivers pay attention when they are driving on the road. You have to keep an eye on the vehicles around you as well as what they are doing. Keep some distance between you and other cars. Keep yourself safe by driving carefully and paying attention to your environment. By keeping a safe distance you will be able to anticipate actions. Other drivers will be able to see you as well. Take extra care when driving near a truck. Truck drivers have blind spots. If your vehicle is in any one of those blind spots, the truck drivers won’t be able to see you. So, make sure that you keep your distance from trucks and keep away from them if they are going to make a wide turn.
6. A Map
Using a map can be beneficial when driving in bad weather. You can install a GPS in your car in order to help you navigate. Sometimes the weather becomes so bad that’s it’s impossible to see the road except for a few feet. Having a navigation system can help you drive safely on the road.
7. Be Prepared
It’s advised that you keep some supplies with you if you are going to travel by road in bad weather. You need to have a flashlight with a pair of fresh batteries, a shovel, a few snacks, a fully charged cell phone, extra pair of clothing, a first-aid kit and water. These things will be useful if you are stranded somewhere because your car won’t start, or you have an accident.
With these above-mentioned tips, you can ensure safety while traveling on the road in bad weather.