Let’s face it, cold has arrived and with the season, comes severe weather conditions which can be terrifying and hazardous for motorists. These circumstances are agreed to have been brought by climate change, which has shifted the odds and changed the wold limits, making categorical types of extreme weather else often including more intense.
In the past, South Africans would not in any way live concerned about driving in winter, until last year until drivers suddenly found themselves driving in arctic conditions. Like it or not, the country’s brumal has changed, and it has the possibilities concerning being icy.
So, if you’re planning a winter trip or you’re going to be driving a lot this winter, here are driving tips to help you brave the bad weather:
Whether you’re driving a rental car or your own car, before you leave your house, perform a proper check on your vehicle. Mark sure your Tyres are well inflated and are in good road condition. Make sure your car has anti-freeze, the windscreen is clean, the headlights are in effective order, and that your battery is tested.
Now, you have checked your car, you have the extra mechanical equipment needed in case of an emergency, also you’re heading to your destination. Nevertheless the thoroughfare is icy. What do you do?
You relax. The trick is to habitually slow down – even if you’re in a hurry. Don’t drive fast. Should you lose your momentum, it will take your car some assiduity to recover it, and some major driving skill not to slide it in the process. Always drive in lower gears to improve power.
Remember to always keep a distance average you and other motorists to allow sufficient distance for braking. If you must brake, do it gently. But, if your wheels start spinning, undo your foot from the brakes.
Keep the distance intervenient you and other motorists at least three times more than your usual following distance.
Should your vehicle slide on the ice, don’t steer your wheels in the opposite direction as this might revolve your vehicle. Instead, follow the direction it is steering towards, until you gain traction – before slowly correcting the steering.
Most importantly, ensure your exhaust pipe is not clogged alongside ice. A congested exhaust pipe could cause fatal carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartments.
The best advice for driving in bad weather, is not to drive at all. If you really don’t have to go – don’t. Stay home.
25 June 2013