How to drive safely in different weather conditions
Sometimes weather plays the key role in the choice of the way how to drive a vehicle.
Strong wind is dangerous for every driver on the road starting from motorcyclists and finishing with caravans and trailers. They can be even blown off from the road. That may happen both with light vehicles and heavy trucks depending on the wind strength.
Bicycles and motorcycles can be pushed into a heavy traffic or even fall down because of wind. The better cross-section the bike has the higher resistance level it has. At the same time, they are not insured against veering or being hit by the other objects that are blown by the wind.
Unexpected winds are even more dangerous. You can meet them driving through the tunnel or a road lined with tall buildings. The areas without things that may stop the wind are also very dangerous. Flat territory with the minimum of plants and buildings along roads or motorways is more likely to have stronger winds that are impossible to hide from.
You can struggle against a side wind by slowing your vehicle down. Drivers of 2-wheel vehicles had better go on foot until the wind strength diminishes. Loads should be placed closer to the center, while open areas are to be avoided.
It is much more difficult to stop on the wet roads as the tyre can slip on the wet asphalt. That will result in the increased braking distance so it is better to make the distance between cars bigger. If the weather was hot and suddenly the rain has begun, the roads will appear to be even more slippery as oil from the asphalt will mix with rainwater. Drivers of 2-wheel vehicles should avoid driving over spilled fuel spots, painted lines as well as manmade covers made from metal.
When there is rain, the sky is overcast with clouds and that decreases visibility so headlights should be switched on.
If your windscreen wipers are not capable of coping with the amount of water, it is advisable to move slower or stop on the opposite side of the road until the rain stops.
Puddles on the road can be a reason of sprays produced by other vehicles.
Another important issue is hydroplaning - the process when your tyres move on the top of the water on high speed because can not disperse water quickly enough. That might result in the loss of control too.
Too heavy or long-lasting rains may be a cause of floods. Of course, it is better to avoid driving along the flooded areas if the water depth is impossible to detect or water flows very quickly. It can sweep off your vehicle and you will not be able to control it.
The most common cause of landslides is rain. If it happens that you drive along the narrow mountainous road in the rainy weather, don’t move quickly and be careful on bends not to slip off.
Heat can be the reason of tarmac melting. That causes damages of the road creating very slippery patches of different size. It is especially dangerous for 2-wheel vehicle drivers who may fall down, lose control or even faint in the sun.
Heavy snowfalls may result in blocked roads.