Driving during winter, when it is raining heavily or during the night are times that warrant very careful driving from you. Most accidents happen especially during winter as conditions turn really bad. There are tips that you can follow when driving in dangerous situations to make the journey a bit smooth and to avoid accidents.
Always buckle up
All vehicles come equipped with airbags to prevent the occupants from getting hurt in case of an accident. What most people do not realize is that the airbags can also inflict injuries, especially if the driver was sitting too close to the wheel. Wearing a seatbelt and making sure you are at least 10 inches away from the wheel will prevent the airbag from hurting you in the event of an accident.
Do not hydroplane
When water gets in between your tires and the road, this is known as hydroplaning and it causes your car to lose traction as the tires do not grip the road. Hydroplaning normally occurs when your tires are worn out, depending on your speed, the level of tire inflation and the amount or level of water on the road. When your car hydroplanes, it is important you do not panic, and do not brake.
The natural reaction for most people is to slam on the brakes, just look ahead, keep steady pressure on the brakes and keep steering the car forward to the direction you want it to go. An advanced driving school in Malden should usually have defensive driving classes designed to teach you how to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations.
Slow down and sound warning at an oncoming vehicle
During winter, many drivers get distracted or fall asleep on the wheel. If you see a vehicle coming towards you, flash your headlights and toot your horn to get the other driver’s attention and ideally, flashing of lights is only supposed to serve as a warning. Drive as close as you can to the farthest end of your lane, keeping away from oncoming traffic as much as possible. If a car is in front of you in the same lane and not moving, you may not know the reason why, and it is always better to be safer than sorry. Slow down to minimize an impact if it is inevitable.
Keep a straight course
When driving at night, especially on dark roads in the country, you have to be very watchful of animals running onto the road. The headlights of a car in an animal’s eyes make them easy to spot, but always keep a straight path and do not swerve as this may cause your car to go into a spin, lose control and hit something else or land into a ditch.
The natural reaction to a crisis is to panic. If you are ever stranded or get into a situation that warrants calling for help, panic will not help. Take a deep breath, calm your nerves and then take stock of the situation. If it is raining or snowing, do not go out into the snow unnecessarily. If it is safe to do so, stay in the car and turn on your hazard if it is during the night .If it is during the day, it is recommended you tie a bright colored article on the roof to make the car more visible.
Run the engine for 10 minutes of every hour you are in the car to generate some warmth. Make sure the exhaust is not dirt clogged and open a window slightly on the opposite side, but do not fall asleep. If you are with a companion, take turns at sleeping while the other watches out for help.
Driving in dangerous situations is unavoidable, but you have to take precautions all the same. It is imperative that you keep calm at all times; otherwise a relatively harmless situation could turn tragic, if not handled well.