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Driving tips for different weather conditions

The driving tips that you will find in this article are useful for both beginner and experienced drivers. It is always a good idea to refresh your knowledge and learn something new too. Follow these tips to improve your driving experience and protect yourself and the passengers.

Driving in rain

Rain is a frequent companion when it comes to driving no matter where you live. Heavy rainfall can often lead to interruption of traffic because large amounts of water on the road and reduced visibility can practically make driving impossible. When you are driving in rain it is a good idea to adjust and reduce the speed between 30 and 50%. In case your tires are old and the depth of patterns is compromised you should avoid driving in such conditions. It is sometimes good to park the car on a suitable place and wait for the rain and bad weather to pass.

Driving in fog

Roads that are close to river beds and roads in valleys are often covered in fog in the morning and evening. This occurrence requires special attention and adjusted speed. When the visibility is reduced, it is necessary to keep safe distance. In this case, you should keep driving on the right side of the road and avoid overtaking and stopping on the open road. Don’t forget to turn on the fog lights too.

Driving in snow and ice

The so-called winter equipment includes winter tires or tires with a minimum tread depth of 4 mm as well as chains which can be mounted. It is also smart to take shovel, some sand, glass cleaner, spray against freezing and an old blanket when driving in these conditions. Before you start driving during winter months, you should first clear the snow and ice from your vehicle, check the heating and fill the tank with fuel to the maximum. When there is snow and ice on the road, it is best to drive at low throttle in lower gear. The most important thing is to avoid sudden movements of the wheel or brake. If necessary, you should also lower the speed and be prepared for engine braking. When driving through deep snow, you should keep driving in a straight line. If the vehicle is stuck, try to go reverse and if this fails, you should place some sand, rags or stick under the tires.