Variable Weather Conditions: What To Watch Out For
At Universal Multigrip we are obviously aware of weather factors when driving. Our product is incredible for driving in snowy conditions but it’s amazing how little we realise weather affects our normal day-to-day driving. Snow isn’t the only extreme hazard you can meet on the roads and there are many factors to consider when you are driving in adverse weather.
There are nearly 6 Million vehicle crashes each year with at least 23% of these being weather-related. 74% of incidents occur on wet surfaces, and 46% during rainfall. This goes to show that weather can affect a huge part in our reaction times, our anticipation and our awareness on the roads.
Variables are a part of life. Anything can happen but it’s important when driving to always be prepared. You never know when bad weather is going to hit as it can be so unpredictable and changeable (despite what the weather man says!). Whether it’s lightning, rainstorms, snow blizzards or high-wind conditions, you need to be aware of the effects of each, on your car and the traffic around you.
Wind speed affects distance of visibility and overall traffic speed. Drag and resistance will of course cause you to use more fuel in theory and the faster you go the less control you will have when a gust of wind hits. Your vehicle stability will be reduced significantly so always go steady in high-winds.
Visibility is the key factor with Foggy conditions and it can affect speed variances and traffic flow. Driving behaviour changes on the roads with more attention needed on speed limit control but the biggest factor is the driving space between vehicles and the need to maintain that safe distance consistently.
It’s the most common weather condition for most people around the world to have to tackle on a regular basis. It’s bad enough when it’s wet, with a lot of surface water and the inevitable spray that can really affect visibility but rainfall can also make a big difference, as it adds surface water and affects the wheel tread. Grip also becomes affected and driving speeds normally have to be reduced.
We’re familiar with this one! Falling snow can be just as dangerous as fallen snow, with conditions changing all the time, temperatures dropping and the potential for rain as well which would cause difficult driving conditions for any vehicle. In the majority of driving cases, it’s best to slow down, apply steady acceleration and not to brake too heavy (so don’t drive too fast!) and avoid black ice. It can catch you out more than any other road hazard.
Ultimately, whatever the road conditions, it goes without saying that you should be aware and mindful of your surroundings, as well considering the weather and its impact on your journey. Extreme weather conditions can occur, even in the UK and in some cases, its worse for us Brits as we are not as used to those conditions as other countries but wherever you are travelling, be sure to watch out for conditions that can catch you out.