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Driving in extreme weather condition

Driving in extreme weather could be very challenging especially when it is foggy, raining, snowing or roads are icy. In all such cases one should make sure to slow down and keep well back from the vehicle in front. Number of accidents are caused due to not braking in time when the roads are slippery and wet it is therefore imperative that you maintain sufficient distance between you and the vehicle in front. Motorbike theory test and Car theory test covers the rules, precautions to be taken while driving in such weather conditions.

Some common vehicle care and maintenance coupled with raised awareness of the additional challenges that driving in challenging weather brings, should ensure that we remain safe. Below is the car maintenance checklist that should be taken care of before you venture out to drive in extreme weather -

  • Make sure the battery is in good condition
  • Check your tyres conditions, lights and indicators. Make sure they are in good conditions.
  • Keep your windscreen clean and make sure to check the fluid levels

While preparing for driving theory test multiple choice section and hazard perception test part of DSA theory test, the road safety majors are covered in the preparation topics.

You should be aware of dos and don'ts if you are driving in such weather conditions. If you are preparing for your practical driving test, your instructor is most likely to give you guidance on these topics. Basic car checks and maintenance topics are also covered in theory test. Additionally you should watch out for the locations where you need to drive carefully. You should always look out for -

  • Alteration in road elevation or exposure
  • Places where road passes over or under a bridge
  • Area where traffic is less
  • Untreated roads
  • Bends in road wherein risk of losing the control is more.

This will ensure that half of your challenge is taken care of. Your life and life of the people in and around is of paramount importance and hence you should have extra cautious approach when you are driving through ice and snow, or driving in fog or driving in rains and floods or in windy conditions.

In any of the conditions mentioned above you should reduce your vehicle speed and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front. You should always try to avoid acceleration, speeding, harsh braking or steering movements. Check for the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. Do not drive in such conditions unless and until your journey is essential and unavoidable. You must ensure that the number plates are clearly visible, you must not use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced.

Last but not the least ensure that your mobile is fully charged in case of emergencies and you are carrying warm and waterproof clothing with you. Also make sure that someone know your route as it always better to be safe than to be sorry.