recovery services

4 Extreme Driving Conditions and How To Handle Them

Over the past five years, harsh weather has caused an increase in demand for car towing services. Driving can be dangerous at the best of times, but in extreme weather, it can be downright deadly. If you regularly drive in the snow, ice, rain, fog, or even in strong winds, your control over your automobile will certainly be diminished. This could cause a crash and you could slide off the road. 

In the event you find yourself in a ditch, you will likely need vehicle recovery services. Roadside assistance is an important part of road safety that you must be able to depend upon if you make a mistake, but careful driving in unsafe conditions should be your first priority. Here are some tips on how to handle various weather conditions. 

  1. Snow
    There are two dangers involved with driving in the snow. First, you will have diminished visibility. Second, you will have less traction on the road. To see better in the snow, switch to low beams. Since snow is white, the light from your high beams reflects off of each flake, blinding you even more. For traction, slow down to the condition appropriate speed. 
  2.  

  3. Ice
    Ice is even more slippery than snow, so slow down accordingly. Also, put your automobile into a gear one higher than you would typically have it for that speed. This reduces the chance of slipping when you accelerate. 
  4.  

  5. Rain
    Rain, especially at night, can have a blinding effect. Besides reducing your speed, turn your high beams on (rain isn’t as reflective as snow), and proceed with caution. 
  6.  

  7. Fog
    Fog is perhaps the most dangerous driving condition. It can obscure visibility almost entirely. If you are having a hard time seeing where you are going, pull over until the fog clears. 

If you take every necessary precaution, you will greatly diminish the risk of having an accident. That said, there are no guarantees when it comes to driving safely in bad weather. If you end up in need of car recovery services, that is what we’re here for. Our 24/7 towing services serve to keep the roads safe and help people out of sticky situations. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at any time.