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Bad Weather Driving Tips For Teenagers

July 16, 2013

Teen driving in bad weather

Driving in the rain or fog

  1. Turn the car’s headlights on.
  2. Listen to weather reports for updates on road or traffic conditions.
  3. Slow down, drive on the slow lane.
  4. Brake gently to avoid skidding.
  5. Do not use cruise control.
  6. Keep a 4 second cushion between the car in front and your car.
  7. Do not attempt to drive in flooded roads. Pull up at the side and wait for the road to clear before turning back where you came from. If that is not possible, then park the car at the side of the road, turn on the emergency indicators and call a parent or the emergency services.

Driving on icy roads

  1. Slow down and drive on the slow lane.
  2. Keep a 4 second cushion between the car in front and your car.
  3. Brake gently to avoid skidding.
  4. Make sure that the windshields and all windows of the car are clean before driving.
  5. Use low traction gears, especially up the hill.
  6. Do not use cruise control.
  7. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  8. Do not bypass or overtake snow plows or sanding trucks.
  9. Do not assume that the car can handle all sorts of weather conditions.

What to do if you skid?

  1. For rear wheels that skid:
    1. take your foot off the accelerator immediately.
    2. Do not brake hard to avoid skidding further. If the car is fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brakes.
    3. Steer in the direction where you want the car to go. If the rear wheels start to slide the other way, then steer left and right to gain complete control of the vehicle.
  2. For front wheels that skid:
    1. Take your foot off the accelerator immediately and shift to neutral.
    2. Do not try to steer at one.
    3. The car will return to normal and as it does, put the gear to ‘drive’ and gently move forward.

What to do if your car gets stuck?

  1. Do not attempt to accelerate as the wheels will dig deeper.
  2. Turn the wheels from side to side to get the snow or mud out of the way.
  3. Use a shovel or stick to clear the snow or mud from the car.
  4. Lightly ease the car away from the snow or mud.
  5. You can try rocking the vehicle but this may damage the transmission. Check the car owner’s manual.