There are challenges when we drive everyday but some unique hazards exist in the winter months when the days are shorter. We will discuss some of them in the following;
- Shorter daylight hours
- Wet/icy roads
1. In the winter, the daylight hours are much shorter. Dawn today is 6:48am and dusk is 5:08pm. During rush hour, there is less daylight and less visibility. Make sure to turn on car lights so that you are able to see better and other cars and pedestrians are able to see you too. This also applies to pedestrians and cyclists, please wear bright or reflective clothing and have lights on bikes if you plan on walking or commuting in the dark.
2. When the roads become wet, icy or snow covered, cars will have a greater chance of skidding or losing control. Skids are generally caused by 3 things;
- sudden acceleration
- sudden braking
- sudden turning
It is ideal when driving to do things gradually. Try to have a lighter foot on the gas and brake and keep at least 3-5 seconds distance from the car ahead in case of emergencies, you will have time to react and gradually slow down. Avoid swerving at high speeds.
During extreme weather like heavy rain or snow, ice covered roads, drive for the conditions. The speed limit on the roads posted is for driving under ideal conditions, Use caution in these conditions and slow down, keep a good following distance and be aware of other traffic.
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