You never know what circumstances are going to present themselves while you’re out driving. Any number of things can happen that’ll put you and other motorists at risk, whether it’s the elements or mechanical failures in cars. Be ready for the common road hazards and know how to deal with them safely and properly.
A tire can suddenly fail while on the road for several reasons, whether it is because it was punctured by something sharp or if the air pressure becomes too low. Whatever causes it, and whether it happens to your car or the one in front of you, a blowout is an immediate danger to yourself due to the sudden decrease in handling ability that you have.
What Should You Do?
If your tire blows out, immediately put both hands on the wheel for extra handling. Don’t turn the wheel in any direction; just keep it straight. Do not hit the brakes. Instead, take your foot off the gas and let the car naturally come to a stop. Pull off to the side of the road when your car slows down enough, turn your hazards on, and either put on your spare or call a tow truck.
If it has been raining or there happens to be a large amount of water in the road, then tread carefully. Water on the road can cause your car to lose traction and have it spinning out of control if the improper actions are taken.
Don’t Risk Going Through Water
The worst-case scenario can be hydroplaning, which can have a number of different causes. The best way to handle a loss of traction due to water in your tire treads is similar to a blowout: keep both hands on the wheel, don’t turn, and lightly pump the brake pedal.
If a fog suddenly rolls through, it will obscure the road and your immediate surroundings if it’s dense enough. Fog can greatly reduce visibility and can prevent motorists from seeing other cars while on the road, increasing the risk of collision.
How To Handle Reduced Visibility
Never drive fast when lost in a fog. Even if you’re familiar with the roads you’re taking, you don’t know what other hazards may be waiting, whether it be other cars, animals, or debris. Don’t use your regular headlights while in fog. Due to the particles in the air, the light will only further obscure your view. Instead, switch on your fog lights, even if it seems like they don’t light up much of your surroundings.
Always Be Ready
Always be aware of common road hazards and how to deal with them. They can come up anywhere without warning. Knowing what to do in those circumstances will give you the best chance possible to avoid accidents.