Common Road Hazards And How To Handle Them.

Being a motorist is quite intriguing. However, the roads are not always a safe place. It is imperative to always stay on the lookout for factors that might trigger accidents. Road accidents are among the leading causes of death. When you get behind the wheels, ascertain that you are of a sound mind to move the vehicle. Otherwise, you can always call a cab to take you to your destination. However, if there’s no emergency, you can always stay back. Nevertheless, understanding the different types of road hazards is one step away from handling them. Below are some of the common that you might encounter.

Snow Banks.

While for us down in the valley it may not be such an issue but for those up north snow is a serious road hazard. Mother earth is a generous giver. Sometimes though, she gives excessively. At the beginning of winter, the number of road accidents increases as compared to the previous seasons. Winter comes with snow. It can drop partially or continuously, thus forming banks. A motorist assumes that they can drive through this feature. The banks mostly from where you have parked your car. So what do you do? Try your luck? Do not take that risk. As you light up your vehicle, the wheels will continually spin as the surface will not offer any grip. During this period, always carry a shovel, brush, and traction mats in your trunk. The three will effectively help to remove the snow. Create some room where the wheels can move safely, then carefully drive away.

Tailgating.

Tailgating refers to a situation when another motorist is driving too close to your car. It is rather frustrating as a simple act like breaking will have them ram into your vehicle. However, people perceive signs differently. If they’re not cautious, you could try to hoot or send a hand signal. If they don’t take it negatively, then you are safe. However, if they don’t buy this idea, encourage them to drive past you. If they have no motives, they will move put an end to the menace. If someone still insists on tailgating, there’s danger looming, and better act fast. Your last and safest option is to make a right turn on the next intersection. Also, you can drive into a service station and watch what they do.

Fog.

Once again down in Phoenix or Tucson area this may not be such an ideal but if you are on road trip you should be cautious when driving through fog. Fog is a deadly road hazard. The occurrence comes with some blurriness and darkness, making it nearly impossible to see the road. The first idea to click on your mind would be to use the high beams. However, the situation becomes worse than before. A higher beam could shine further, but it ends up causing a reflection of the water, which bounces back and shines in your eyes. If you are in this situation, slow down and dim your lights.

Blown Out Tire.

Tires face the largest number of risks. They could pick up a nail causing a rapid or slow deflation. Do not focus much on salvaging the tire but instead getting off the road. If the loss is gradual, slow down and keep traveling until you find a safe place to park.

The road hazards above can cause mild to adverse accidents. With the information above, you can now manage them successfully without exposing yourself and other drivers to worse problems.

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