Driving can be incredibly dangerous and even the best and most experienced drivers can encounter difficulties on the road. It is vital that every motorist is aware of the most common driving hazards and how to react in order to promote their own safety, to protect the car and protect those that are around them. Here are the most common hazards to be aware of.
1. Tire Blowout
A tire blowout is perhaps the scariest driving hazard particularly if traveling at speed. This can occur after driving over an object like a nail or simply due to a lack of tire pressure. People’s reaction is to slam on the brakes in this situation but this is not helpful if the tire is completely blown out. Instead, you need to keep two hands on the wheel and to drive as straight as possible. You then need to put your hazard lights on and get over to a safe spot where you can change the tire.
2. Driving in Icy Conditions
Driving when the roads are icy is incredibly dangerous and should only be done if absolutely essential. The key here is to drive slowly, to give yourself plenty of space behind the car in front and to use your lights if visibility is low. If you do hit ice and start to skid then you should take your foot off the accelerator and push the pedal down if you have ABS until the car regains traction.
3. Driving in Heavy Rain
Driving in heavy rain is something that many motorists have to get used to but it is important that you realize just how dangerous it can be. Driving in heavy rain can impact visibility but it can also see vehicles lose control due to aquaplaning. To drive safely in these conditions you need to check your tire tread, change your wipers regularly and to be cautious particularly when traveling at speed.
It is also important that you have protection in place because sometimes accidents are unavoidable or you may suffer from an electrical or mechanical breakdown. Car insurance is, of course, a legal requirement but you will also want to make sure that you are covered by a warranty. If the original manufacturer warranty has expired then you can take out an extended warranty with a company like ALA.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to drive with confidence and know-how to react if you encounter any of these common road hazards.