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21 Sep 2013

Top 5 Worst Driving Conditions (And How to Cope With Them)

Motoring's a tricky business - especially as lots of the inconveniences and hazards that we encounter when we're on the road are totally beyond our control. Bad driving conditions can be a potentially dangerous pain, but there's a few simple precautions you can take and preparations you can make to ensure you stay safe while you ride them out.

Here's an overview of the very worst driving conditions out there, and some basic advice on how to tackle them properly.

 

Traffic jams

Unsurprisingly, most of the very worst driving conditions occur during winter, but this one's a year round problem. When volume of traffic slows you down, keep calm; getting het up won't help anyone, and could even lead you to make a rash decision that results in an accident. And remain cautious - even when you're creeping along at a snail's pace, you still need to be totally aware of your surroundings (and especially of other drivers).

Ice

Surely the worst hazard that the weather can throw at us drivers is ice, particularly the black ice that's almost impossible to spot.If you're planning on driving in icy conditions, be sure to test your brakes before you set off. You also need be wary once the ice has melted as icy patches could still be lurking in areas that aren't exposed to sunlight, like under bridges and in tunnels.

Extreme rain

We're all used to our fair share of rain here in the UK, and most of us will be able to easily cope with a quick sharp shower or a steady drench. But occasionally rain can become so severe that visibility is affected and there's a hugely increased risk of hydroplaning. The only solution is to go steadily, avoid sharp turns and makes sure there's enough distance between you and the car in front.

 

Blizzards

A gentle dusting of the white stuff's one thing, but a constant stream of heavy snow's quite another... The same advice as above applies here too: slow down, and stay alert. If you find that it's getting too much, pull over somewhere safe rather than trying to battle on.

 

General driving advice for bad conditions

-          Keep up to date with the latest travel information and weather forecast before setting off; if things are really bad, consider whether your journey would be better put off until another time.

-          Make sure that your car's up to it - in winter, clear away any snow or ice, and check that your wiper blades and lights are working.

-          Always travel with an emergency kit.

 

As a side note, it's also important to note that some cars, whether used cars or new cars, can handle various weather types differently. Generally 4x4 cars are great for various weather types. This article was provided by used car dealership. The Car People who are based in Manchester, Sheffield and Wakefield.