Driving conditions involving heavy rain, fog, storms create pressing concerns for drivers, and safety should become the top priority as the risk of being involved in dangerous situations can greatly increase. Whether you are a new or experienced driver, these tips should be taken into consideration so you can keep yourself and those in your car safe.

In any situation, your top priority should be to eliminate distractions. Lowering the volume on your radio, telling passengers to minimize talking, and turning your phone on silent so you can focus on the road. If you are met with an unexpected hazard, get stuck on the side of the road or require professional assistance, contact Jim’s Towing Vancouver.

Heavy Rain

  • Rain and wet roads make it more difficult to see the road ahead of you, notice road markings and signs, as well as make it harder to stop, start and turn. In situations where you are using your windshield wipers, make sure to turn on your headlights and taillights.
  • During rainfall, the roads become slippery as they mix with oil and dirt on the road and form a slippery, greasy layer. Remember that your vehicle can easily hydroplane during rainy weather, which is why it is important to slow down and stop slowly to make sure your tires don’t lose traction, rather than quickly where your car can skid.
  • In dangerous driving conditions, leave more space than usual between yourself and other vehicles. This will make it safer for you in a situation where you need to start and stop.

Heavy Fog

  • In foggy weather, turn on your low beam headlights to reduce glare – this makes it easier for other drivers and pedestrians to see you. The reason high beam headlights are not recommended is because the tiny water droplets that fog is made up of, end up reflecting the light and making it even more difficult for you to see the road ahead.
  • Slow down so you have more time to react if traffic happens to unexpectedly stop, or other hazards appear when you are close enough to see them through the fog and it’s too late.
  • If your visibility is severely compromised or limited, find a place to park, maybe take a nap or grab a snack, and wait for conditions to improve until you can take off again.
  • To avoid distraction, once again, turn down your radios, minimize talking to passengers, turn your phone to silent or connect it to a Bluetooth handsfree headset, and roll down your windows so you can hear external conditions on the road.
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