April 09, 2022

Tips to Drive Safely in 5 Dangerous Conditions

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Different conditions on the road can make driving difficult, and this becomes even more true as we age. And for most places, each season presents different challenges.

Centers Health Care has a look at five potentially difficult driving conditions, the challenges they cause, and how you can take action to stay safe.

  1. Rain

With the late spring and summer months approaching, rain—especially a fresh one—is one driving hazard to be on the lookout for. Asphalt can become slippery within the first 10 or 15 minutes of rainfall due to the water mixing with oils on the surface.

In addition to going slow and not taking any sharp turns too quickly, make sure your tires are in good condition, as the tread will keep your tires gripping the road surface as it should, and also make sure you have a fresh pair of wiper blades installed each spring.

  1. Snow/Ice

Those in the northeast are no stranger to snow and ice on the road and the dangers they present. The key to driving in these conditions (only if you have to) is to do everything slowly—accelerating, turning, and braking. And keep a good distance between you and other vehicles.

  1. Fog

Fog can come on quickly and cause serious visibility issues. Keep a good distance from the vehicle in front of you, ride in the right lane (or as close to the line as possible on a two-lane road) and do not use your high beams, as that will only cause more light to reflect on the fog and make the visibility even lower for you.

  1. Darkness

Those with eye conditions can have a real hard time driving at night, especially if glare during wet conditions is a concern. Keeping your windshield clean and using your high beams (only when not around other drivers) can make things clearer for you.

  1. Bright Sun

Glare from the sun (especially during sunrise and sunset) can cause visibility issues, especially if your windshield is dirty. Keeping the windows clean, wearing sunglasses, and utilizing your sun visor all can help during these periods.

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