There are several main driving conditions that a driver can be faced with every time she or he gets behind the wheel. These are light, weather, traffic, road, driver and vehicle. It’s important that a driver be able to handle, and have experience driving in, all these conditions. Time of day and light conditions, all types of weather, all levels of traffic and a variety of road conditions are things that should be practiced.
In Canada, we’re met with a variety of weather conditions including sun, humidity, rain, snow, slush, ice and wind. Each of these types of weather demand different driving behaviour as weather can affect your traction, visibility and vehicle control.
Sun – It can be difficult to drive on a bright sunny day. Ensure you have proper eyewear to help block the sun, so that you can see. Keep a pair of sunglasses within easy reach.
Humidity – When your windows fog up, it’s important to get them clear as quick as possible. Blast your anti-humidity or air conditioning.
Rain – Rain can cause slippery roads. Oil and grease can form a slick film before it is washed away. Hydroplaning can be common when driving in rain. Steering and braking can also be affected.
Snow, Slush & Ice – Like rain, snow, slush and ice can case slippery roads. Your steering and braking can be affected and driving conditions can turn dangerous very quickly. It’s important to use extreme caution and to slow down in winter weather.
Wind – High winds can make it more difficult to control your vehicle and steering can be affected.
Ultimately, observing the road conditions, the others on the road and practicing safe, responsible driving is key to get through all weather conditions. Don’t use cruise control in wet conditions and drive with caution.
Use common sense while driving in bad weather. Weather can change in an instant so it’s important to always be aware of what’s going on around you. And when the weather makes driving dangerous, slow down. Speed limits are there for ideal driving conditions. It’s ok to slow down when the weather makes a turn for the worse.
If the weather is bad and you don’t need to drive, avoid driving if you can. You’re much safer in the comfort of your own home than on the road during a storm. If staying home is not possible, then use common sense, be free of distractions and drive with caution.