Updated: Oct 14
It would be ideal if drivers only had to worry about driver safety on days with clear, sunny skies. Unfortunately, adverse weather can appear at a moment’s notice, making it considerably more dangerous to operate a vehicle. Whether it comes to driving in a heavy rainstorm or getting your vehicle home safely amidst snow and ice, you need to know what to do to keep you and your car safe. Here’s some effective driving techniques to help you drive safely to your destination.
Driver Safety – Rain and Wind
If you live in areas that are prone to heavy rain showers or winds, you’re going to want to take some precautions before you even hit the road.
Functioning Lights and Signals
One of the best ways to ensure your safety on the roadway is to make your vehicle bright and visible. Test to make sure that your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals all function appropriately. Otherwise, a police officer is going to inform you anyway. Sounds Good Auto happily handles auto light repair near Coquitlam and Burnaby. If you have need of new car lights installation, we can handle that too.
If you can’t clear your line of sight, how can you drive effectively? Make sure that your wiper blades are not dried out and can clear your windshield without issue. Most modern vehicles also come with a rear window wiper, but if yours does not, we can assist with installing that as well.
Respect the Vehicles Around You
Traffic is going to move slower due to the adverse conditions. Make sure you follow suit and leave ample space between you and other vehicles, both in front and on your sides. No matter how new your tires are, hydroplaning is always a possible occurrence. Make sure you are ready for the possibility of momentarily losing traction. The additional space between you and others will allow you to tap your brakes gently. Avoid braking hard or taking sharp turns if at all possible.
Invest in Dash Cams and Car Sensor Installation
Modern technology offers incredible options to assist with driver safety. Dash cameras can allow you to see all sides of your vehicle, helping you keep an eye on your blind spots. Car sensors can also assist in notifying you of objects or vehicles that are coming dangerously close. Staying aware of potential hazards is the best way to course correct and guide your vehicle to safety.
Respond Appropriately to Hydroplaning and Skidding
In the event your car begins to lose traction with the roadway, stay calm and avoid oversteering. Continue to gently guide the vehicle in the direction you want to go and avoid hard braking. Some modern vehicles even come with adaptive steering dynamics and anti-lock braking to recognize when a skid occurs and help with course correction.
Driver Safety – Snow and Ice
All of the same rules apply regardless of the weather condition and will not steer you wrong when it comes to snow and ice. Additional tips for navigating icy surfaces include:
- Avoid stopping as you can easily slide a decent distance depending on how bad conditions are
- Drive very slowly and pump your brakes into necessary stops a considerable amount ahead of time
- Do your best to avoid hills. Find another route
- Change to winter tires for increased traction
For Care Safety Solutions, Visit Sounds Good in Burnaby
We don’t just focus on making your car sound good, we prioritize protecting you as well. We have the expertise to assist in car lights installation and repair, car sensor installation, dash cam installation, vehicle security options, and all manner of driver safety tools. To top it off, we handle car audio installation to make sure it all sounds good.
Do you need safety or audio solutions for a fleet of vehicles? It’s no problem: we also offer solutions for commercial fleets.
Contact us today at +1 (604) 961-8626 (Coquitlam store) or +1 (604)-676-8100 (Burnaby store) and click here to get a free price quote for all of your vehicle needs.