Driving Tips in Adverse Situations; Rain, Night, Fog – CrimeInDelhi

Driving Tips in Adverse Situations; Rain, Night, Fog – CrimeInDelhi

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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.

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