Driving may seem like a relatively simple activity, but several factors can affect how much control a driver has over their vehicle. Knowing how to adapt to bad driving conditions could help you avoid dangerous crashes and expensive auto collision repairs. There is no substitute for an experienced driver, so take a look below for tips on driving in severe road conditions:
- Prepping Your Vehicle
Whether you are anticipating bad weather or are simply planning on driving through an unfamiliar area, preventing an auto collision due to mechanical failure should be a top priority. Be sure to periodically check your headlamps for broken bulbs and your tires for sufficient tread and pressure. Windshield wiper blades should be changed every six to twelve months, depending on the blade and its exposure to the elements. Routinely performing these simple checks could prevent a serious auto collision.
- Handling Bad Conditions
Rain, fog, poor lighting, heavy traffic, and unpaved or poorly maintained roads pose several driving hazards including, but not limited to reduced traction, poor visibility, and unpredictable obstructions. While it is not recommended to exceed posted speed limits, driving more slowly and increasing your following distances behind other vehicles will allow you to take in more of your surroundings and react accordingly.
- Navigating Unfamiliar Surroundings
Driving through unfamiliar surroundings is rarely simple, and any of the conditions above will only increase the likelihood of an auto collision. GPS navigation devices can be a big help an unfamiliar environment, but be sure to focus as much of your attention on the road as possible and use the car speakers or a Bluetooth headset (California law bans the use of handheld cell phones while driving).
Schiro’s Collision Repairs realizes that you can’t plan for everything, which is why we are committed to providing the best auto body repair services to commercial and passenger vehicles in the North Hollywood and Chatsworth. Schedule an appointment for our collision repair services online, or call (818) 765-8172 today.