September 7, 2016 | 646 viewsTop 5 road safety tips when driving in bad weather

-check the weather
-slow down
-keep your distance
-turn head lights on
-avoid flooded areas

When the rain comes down, the roads become more dangerous – here’s 5 tips from Carter Capner Law to help you improve road safety 

Don't compromise road safety in stormy weather

  1. Check the weather

If it looks like it’s going to storm always check the weather before you leave. It’s also handy to have a weather app on your phone that has up to date warnings to keep you well aware.

  1. Slow down

Slow down to at least 10km/h below the speed limit so as to avoid aquaplaning and skidding. Aquaplaning and skidding can make you lose control of your vehicle causing a serious accident.

  1. Keep your distance

In good conditions the distance between your car and the car in front of you should be 3 seconds. You should increase your following distance to 5 seconds in bad weather. To check this choose a fixed point, such as a road sign, if you reach that fixed point in less than 5 seconds after the car in front of you has reached it, then you are driving too close.

  1. Turn headlights on

Bad weather can decrease the visibility on the roads as it becomes darker so it’s important to put your headlights on. However do not use high beam as it is likely to reflect back on your vision diminishing your visibility.

  1. Avoid flooded areas

If it’s flooded, forget it! The Queensland Government’s campaign urges drivers to not risk driving or riding in flooded areas. You should either wait for the water to subside or take a different route, but never assume a flooded road is safe.

For more helpful tips visit on road safety- https://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-driving/safety-on-the-road

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