Driving Tips in Adverse Situations; Rain, Night, Fog – CrimeInDelhi
Driving at Night
· Be alert: pedestrians, bicycles, animals and hand drawn vehicles that travel without light are difficult to see.
· Drive at a slow speed to get a safe reaction and stoppage time.
· Turn on the headlights when darkness falls.
· Drive with dipped headlights in places where the roads are amply lit.
· Keep the headlights clear and clean and check them frequently. Also carry spare bulbs.
· Keep your windscreen clean because dirty windscreen can impair your vision.
· Avoid looking to the dazzling light if an oncoming vehicle is driving in high beam and gradually slow down your speed.
· To reduce the glare of lights following you, switch your interior rearview mirror to the night position or slightly tilt it or tilt the exterior rear view mirrors.
· Do not mistake cock-eyed vehicle-a vehicle with one fused headlamp-for a two-wheeler.
· Before overtaking ensure that the oncoming vehicle is at a safe distance.
Driving in rain
· Check the working of wipers, windscreen washing fluid system, all vehicle lights, tyres, exhaust pipe.
· Be careful and reduce your speed as people may run across the roads in panic.
· Keep slow or away from water logged areas as water may enter the carburetor, ignition, muffler or distributor causing the vehicle to stop.
· Be considerate of other road users, avoid splashing of water.
· On slippery roads drive carefully and slowly.
· In case the vehicle slips, stop acceleration and press the clutch, hold the steering in a straight position and do not brake. Wait till you regain the grip.
Driving in foggy conditions
· Drive slow but not so slow that it becomes a hazard to others.
· Distances are hard to judge and low visibility decreases your reaction time.
· Give yourself extra time to respond to any road hazards.
· Do not hit your brakes in panic; you may get hit from the back.
· Turn on your wipers and defroster and turn off the music.
· Drive with dipped headlights; high beams produce too much glare in fog.
· Use the central verge of the road to guide you.
· Honk your horn periodically to let other drivers know you are there.
· Never attempt overtaking.
· Driving in skidding conditions
· Triggered by abrupt steering, braking or acceleration and due to loss of traction on slippery roads- skidding takes place. Roads become slippery when rain water and mud form a slippery material. Locations outside petrol pumps and oil refineries are generally slippery. Snow and ice are major factors that contribute to slippery roads.
· If you get into a skid, the best way to recover is Stop accelerating -Press clutch -Do not brake- it will enhance the skid
· For a slight skid that you can feel rather than see it happen – steer slightly in the directions of the skid to bring the front and rear wheels into line.