Driving in Different Types of Weather

In general, driving requires a complex number of skills in order to focus, follow all the rules of the road and be a defensive driver. Driving day-to-day to and from work or to and from school can be stressful, but most people make it home every day unscathed. That becomes more challenging when different types of weather get factored into the mix.

The Sun

In most cases it doesn’t matter where you live you will have to deal with the sun either on your way to work or on your way home from work. As the sunrises and/or sets it can be in just the “right or wrong spot” to make it difficult to see. The sun shining in your eyes, even with sunglasses, can make it more difficult to see what is going on, on the road in front of you. When the sun is shining brightly in your eyes the best course of action is to slow down and put plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.

Wind

Many people don’t consider the wind too much of a factor, unless they’ve been on a bridge when the wind is blowing 30, 40, 50 mph. In general the wind isn’t going to interfere with your driving, unless that wind goes into gust mode. The issue with the wind is when it can move your car even when your hands are on the wheel. So you could be driving next to a vehicle and the win could push you into them or vice versa landing both vehicles in an accident.

When you can feel your car moving without you turning the wheel you need to start paying much more attention. In this case you want to make sure both of your hands are on the wheel, tightly. You will also want to try to drive in a way that leaves the lanes on both sides of you open. That may mean slowing down or switching lanes to make that happen. That way if the windows pressure car a bit you’re not running into anyone.

Rain

Generally the rain is not going to impede your ability to drive. However, when that rain turns into a downpour there can be several issues. For example, if it is raining so hard that the sewers cannot keep up you can end up with standing water. Standing water can cause your car to hydroplane or possibly flood your engine should you choose to drive through it. Downpours can also make visibility more challenging even with your wipers on full blast.

If you find yourself in a situation where it is raining so hard that you cannot see the vehicle in front of you slow down. It is also a good idea in that type of situation to turn your hazard lights on making it easier for other cars to see you. Another option in this case is finding a bridge and pulling over until the downpour passes.

People don’t always realize how much the weather can affect their ability to drive until they are in the middle of a rainstorm or their car is being blown all over the place. It is essential to be aware of not only other vehicles, but also the potential for road conditions to change.

About Wendy Lynch

Wendy Lynch has been writing articles since 2012, for a variety of websites. She has knowledge in SEO and is continually trying to learn more so she can grow as a writer. She is a Mom and a Computer teacher. She has been married for over 15 years.