Wet and wintery conditions affect even the best drivers. Wet roads, heavy fog, rain and hail all make driving more difficult, and at times can turn it deadly, while foggy conditions and dark afternoons reduce visibility to make things worse. However, driving during adverse conditions is unavoidable at times, so here are some tips on mitigating the risks.
Checking Your Vehicle
The best driving in the world will come to naught if a vehicle isn’t well maintained. Regular services to check brakes, windscreen wipers, batteries and lights are all in working order is needed, and don’t forget the tyres.
Tyres are what connects the vehicle to the road, and they should have plenty of tread (no less than 1.5mm). Check for any cracks or uneven wear, but also keep in mind the age of the tyres. As tyres age, the rubber hardens, which can cause traction loss and skidding when conditions are wet.
For best handling and maintenance keep tyres at the recommended pressure. The recommended pressure can vary vehicle to vehicle and is usually listed in the glove box or on a sticker inside the driver’s door jamb.