How to cope with reduced visibility on the roads
Visibility is significantly reduced during the darker months of the year for drivers. To cope with this, we would recommend that motorists follow these simple driving and car maintenance tips:
- Check that all bulbs are working and that headlights are clean and aimed correctly. Turn on your headlights in the late afternoon before the sun begins to set. Always use low-beam headlights in fog, rain or snow.
- Be sure to signal your intention to turn well in advance.
- Clear all snow and ice from windows, the roof, the hood, the trunk, mirrors, lights and signals.
- Observe all speed limits and reduce speed whenever road conditions or visibility are compromised by foul weather.
- Avoid sudden starts, stops and hard turns; especially when roads are slippery or wet.
- Don’t brake hard and use the proper braking technique for the vehicle you drive. Cars with anti-lock brakes require a steady, gradual application of pressure to the brake pedal. Cars without anti-lock brakes may need firm pressure on the brake pedal just short of wheel lockup, and then easing off the brake slightly before reapplying pressure.
- Anticipate potential danger on the road such as icy bridges, snow - covered lane markings, or stalled cars. Decrease speed, increase distance between the vehicle in front of you, or change lanes to avoid trouble.
- Keep the number plates clean too, as you can be fined if they are dirty and illegible.