How to drive when it is raining
When driving during heavy rain, it is important to keep your windshield and windows clean. This will allow you to see more clearly while driving. Check your tires before starting out on a wet drive. If they are not properly inflated or need some air, this can cause problems while you are driving. Make sure that there is enough tread on the tires as well so that they will not slip off the road while accelerating or braking in wet conditions. It is also important to lock drivers-side doors before heading out into the rain, as this will prevent water from getting into the car when it runs off you and onto the vehicle.
Consider your car for driving in stormy weather
The first thing is to make sure your vehicle has been well serviced and is in good shape. If you think you are going to be driving in a storm, it is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit handy. The kit should include a gallon of water or juice, blankets, extra clothing such as gloves and hats and footwear that can be worn without socks or hose (sandals work well) as well as toiletries like soap, towels, and rags. You can also include boots in the kit to use if you need to walk around in the snow or if you want to walk somewhere where there’s mud.
Sunlight blocks out rain, so it is best not to make any preparations while the sun is out. If you are driving at night, take some time and prepare before you get on the road. For example, turn off all your lights so that they will not sputter and leave a trail of light behind them as well as making it harder for other drivers to see you. If it is getting dark outside, put on your headlights for an extra layer of protection for your eyesight. Make sure that you have an emergency kit handy in your vehicle. The kit should contain two gallons of water, non-perishable food, and a basic medical kit. The medical kit should include bandages, gauze, first aid tape, antibiotic ointment, and an antihistamine. It should also include a knife that you can use to cut away clothing if there is a serious injury on your body and scissors for cutting clothing or rope. You will also want to throw in some hand warmers so that if someone gets too cold, you can give them one for extra warmth. If there’s room in the kit, you may want to also put in some water purification tablets and/or other sanitation items.
The best time to drive in a storm
The best time to drive in a storm is early morning or late at night. If you go at night, you can use a good flashlight so that the cars behind you do not sputter and leave light trails behind them. If it is getting dark outside, turn on your headlights so that other drivers can see that you are always there. On the road itself, it can be very dangerous for drivers who are not always attentive when rain falls on the road or ice falls from trees and power lines. Do not let these things spook you into making mistakes or causing other cars to hit your vehicle.
Understand the requirements for driving in a storm
Driving in a storm can be difficult and dangerous, but it is important to take the precautions before you get on the road. Make sure your car has been serviced and is in good shape, then prepare before you leave. Be aware of what the weather is like while driving during a storm; if there has been a lot of rain or ice, it can make driving difficult for both you and other drivers. If you are concerned about driving at night, keep your lights turned off so that they do not sputter behind you like an easy target for other drivers who may not have seen them coming up. Turn on your headlights for extra protection for your eyesight.
The next thing to consider is what type of storm you may be facing. If it is nothing more than a light rain, you can use an umbrella and drive slowly so that the rain does not get into your vehicle and make things difficult to see. If you think it could be worse, then bring an emergency kit along with some blankets and a flashlight in case you must walk anywhere while driving through the storm.
How to drive during a thunderstorm
If it is a thunderstorm, stay inside the car and wait for it to pass. If you have no place to go while you wait, use an emergency kit that is in your vehicle. Keep your windows closed. It is best to not let anything from the outside get into your vehicle. The best thing you can do is stay inside the car with the door closed and use a thermal blanket to wrap around yourself in case you get too cold.
If you are sliding off the road during a thunderstorm, there are things you can do to help reduce or prevent it. For example, if there is a dip in the road then you can put on your hazard lights (or turn them on if they are already on) so that other drivers know that something might be wrong with their car and will slow down and look out for you while still allowing them to see better when they are coming up behind you. Once they get by and you are no longer visible, then you can turn your hazard lights off.
In certain situations, it is always better to stay in the middle of the road instead of crossing over to the right side where there may be a ditch or an embankment. If you must cross over to the right side, be sure that you use your hazard lights so that other drivers can see you and slow down while they are passing by; this will help them avoid hitting your vehicle. When the storm has passed and it is safe to leave your car once again, then turn on your hazard lights (if it was turned on) so that other drivers will know not to damage you when they are coming up behind you.
If you are driving on a bridge, then it is difficult to see other vehicles that are on the road. If you get close to the edge of the bridge and it looks like it might be unstable, then stay in your vehicle and wait for the structure to stabilize. The same idea applies if you are going across an open field or road with ditches that are not too deep. It is better to stop your vehicle and wait until the storm has passed (either by going off the road or using your hazard lights).
How to prepare for a snowstorm
If you are driving in a snowstorm, make sure that you keep moving forward so that snow does not build up behind your vehicle or around it. In order to do this, the best thing you can do is monitor the road and drive slowly. If you find yourself stuck in a storm, then pull off the road and wait until the snow passes. If it is still snowing when you leave your vehicle, then pull over in a safe area and wait until it is safe enough to go back onto the road.
If you are worried about driving at night in a snowstorm, be sure that you have your lights turned on so that other drivers can see where you are and tell them not to hit you or do anything dangerous while they are passing by.
Sometimes, it is best to stay inside your vehicle so that the snow does not get in and make things difficult for you. If it is snowing while you are driving, then pull over to the side of the road and wait until the snow melts or going in a different direction. The same idea applies if you have reached a bridge that is covered in snow; pull over to the side of the road so that you do not slip off into the water. Then take your flashlights with you when you get out of your vehicle so that you can see where you are going safely and easily. You should also wear extra clothes like a scarf or hat to keep yourself warm; it is hard for drivers to concentrate on their driving when they are freezing.
How to drive in a blizzard
Blizzard is an extremely dangerous situation for drivers, especially when you are all by yourself. The best thing to do is take shelter in your vehicle because you will be safer there than out on the road. If you have time, then sit down and wait until it is safe to go back out. Put on some warm clothing or bring along hand warmers so that if someone gets too cold, they can use them to stay warm.
If you cannot see out of your windshield, then either use the windshield wipers or turn off your headlights so that other drivers can see where you are and will slow down and around you when they are passing by.
If you are trying to drive through a blizzard, then it is best to put on your hazard lights (or turned them on if they were already on) so that other drivers will know how bad the weather is and not try to hit you as they pass by.
General recommendations by Driving Instructor Vaughan for driving in a storm
- Keep moving and do not stop for any reason
- Stay off the road to avoid getting run over by another vehicle
- Use your hazard lights when it is dark so that other drivers can identify you on the road
- If you are in an emergency, then pull over to the side of a road and turn on your hazard lights so that other drivers will know that there is trouble ahead and can avoid it
- Use your rear-view mirror to see if there are any vehicles behind you
- Pull off the road in order to avoid being hit from behind or from other vehicles that could not slowdown in time
- Keep your windows always closed - no matter what
- It is best to stay in your vehicle and if you must get out, use an emergency kit or flashlights so that you can see where you are going safely
- If it is snowing while you are driving, then turn on your windshield wipers and turn off your headlights so that other drivers can see each other clearly
- Use extra clothing such as scarves or hand warmers to make sure that everyone is staying warm during the trip if you need.
- It is critical to listen to the radio or check your weather app. Not only can you get updated weather updates, but it will give you a good idea of when the snow will stop so that you can get back onto the road safely after the storm passes.