Bad weather can become a serious problem when you have to drive. No matter how expert at driving you are, it is significant to be careful in bad weather. Even expert drivers can feel the nerves when driving in poor weather. Therefore, if you are a beginner, it is totally natural to feel anxious.
If the weather is extremely bad, you may already have warnings. It is much better to pay heed to these warnings. On the other hand, in mildly poor weather, you can still drive if you have made certain preparations.
If you are feeling the nerves as a new driver, you don’t need to worry because good driving schools cover the basics of handling bad weather. All you need is to recall your training and follow the rules that apply to driving in such weather.
At P’s R Us Driving School, we prepare our prospective drivers for all kinds of situations on the road. All of our instructors are carefully trained to take care of both personal safety and that of others on the road when the weather is poor.
Here are a few tips you need to remember when it is absolutely necessary for you to drive during poor weather conditions:
- Bad weather can disrupt visibility. Therefore, it is important to maintain a 4‐second gap between you and the vehicle in front. This gives you time to avoid a collision in case of sudden braking. Here is how you can calculate the distance. When the vehicle in front passes by a certain landmark, start counting from 1001 through 1004. If you pass the same landmark before the counting is finished, then you are driving too fast. Slow down and increase the gap.
- It is always necessary to drive according to the speed limits. Don’t let the bad weather make you too anxious and ignore the signs. Keep a lookout for speed limits and don’t exceed them.
- Pay attention to any signs put up by authorities on the roads. Sometimes, bad weather forces road and traffic authorities to put up certain warning signs. These signs are there to keep you safe and inform you about road conditions ahead.
- Listen to the radio for weather updates. If you have a long distance to cover, keep yourself informed about what may be coming up ahead. Weather can vary according to the areas. If you believe that the weather is about to get worse, it is better to pull over until the weather clears up. If not possible, determine an alternative route
Situations on the road are not always predictable. Along with your training and expertise, you also need to be street smart. Use your common sense and instinct to determine how safe you will be driving in poor weather conditions.
The driving instructors at P’s R Us don’t only prepare students to pass a driving test but provide them with practical knowledge handy for real road situations.