Despite the fact that the danger of accident and injury on the roadway always increases when weather conditions turn bad, millions of car owners fail to alter their driving practices when the roads get wet or slippery. To help protect yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the roads, it’s essential to know how slick roads adversely affect your auto’s performance and how to change your driving habits to minimize these effects
When driving lessons Brisbane, generally one of the main rules to staying safe is being able to stop within the distance that you can see. At night this is particularly true, therefore if there are no streetlights you should be traveling slowly enough so that you can stop within the distance illuminated by your headlights. You can see further when on main beam so if for any reason you need to dip your headlights you should alter your speed accordingly.
Regular checks of your lights should be done to ensure that they are in working order. The easiest way to do this is to get someone to watch while you run through the switches. If no one is available you can check lights, such as break lights, by parking close to a wall and looking for the reflections.
Any eyesight problems that you may have can become worse when drivig in the dark. Whether you have perfect eyesight or not, travelling at night puts more strain on your eyes and is therefore more tiring. For this reason, long journeys in the dark are best avoided but if this is not possible regular breaks are of the upmost importance.
Driving at night is more dangerous than during the day. One of the obvious reasons is darkness. Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, and vision is severely limited at night. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown.
Some weather conditions.
- Night Driving
- Rainy Weather
- Winter Weather
Fog can be thought of as a cloud at ground level. It forms when the temperature drops to the dew point (the temperature at which air is saturated), and invisible water vapor in the air condenses to form suspended water droplets. Fog can reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less, creating hazardous driving conditions. If you can’t postpone your trip until dense fog lifts usually by late morning or the afternoon follow these tips:
- Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more.
- Reduce your speed and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding.
- Listen for traffic you cannot see. Open your window a little, to hear better.
- Use wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility.
- Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.
- Be patient. Do not pass lines of traffic.
- Do not stop on a freeway or heavily traveled road. If your car stalls or becomes disabled, turn your vehicle’s lights off, and take your foot off of the brake pedal. People tend to follow tail lights when driving in fog. Move away from the vehicle to avoid injury.
Reduced visibility conditions include twilight, darkness, rain, snow, fog, smoke, and bright sunshine.
- Use moderation in judging safe speed. Slow down enough to maintain a safe stopping distance.
- Do no slow down so much that you become a risk to drivers behind you.
- Be aware that in reduced visibility conditions, drivers tend to follow the tail lights of vehicles in front of them. If you must pull off of the road, pull as far off of the road as possible, turn off your headlights, take your foot off of the brake pedal, and turn on your hazard lights.
- Make sure you have a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle to deal with bright sunlight.