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Driving tips and techniques - Different Weather, terrain and situations

Discussion in 'Safety First!' started by mightymaveryk, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. mightymaveryk

    mightymaveryk Regolare

    Grande Punto 1.3
    I just navigated through the Safety First forum and found a lots of topics but none were talking about the tips and techniques.

    We have a lot of fellow TFI-ans like Ravi sir who traveled each corner of India and they used to travel through different terrains, different weather conditions, etc. So this post I dedicate to get tips and techniques to drive in these situations.

    I start with the tips to drive in the Fog and the checklist for the DIY car care for fog. The source is from Zigwheels.

    So first the tips for riding in Foggy condition:

    The basic three aspects of good high-speed driving are ideal conditions, alertness of the driver and good roads. While the latter are the factors that can be controlled, in a country like India, ideal conditions are something that are not theoretically ‘ideal’. So, while winters means getting the camp gear out and head out of the city, have a bonfire and sit with friends, it also means, you have to prepare yourself as well as your car for the weather. Here is a how-to list while driving in foggy weather on the highway.

    1. Hazard off and Danger on: At all times, even if you have front and rear fog lamps in your car, keep your hazard warning lamps on. Its not a just in case, but, helps other travelers know your position even better. This will also give them an idea of how far you actually are as the fog on highways is thicker.

    2. Group is good, Solo is bad: Even if you are a group of people traveling in one car, never travel solo in fog on the highway, since, speeds are relatively higher, fog is thicker than the city and concentration levels are much higher. Find another car on way and stick with it – not literally.

    3. While at it, switch places: As concentration levels required are higher, so are the stress levels, talk to the fellow cars and make one car the leader of the pack. However, not to stress the lead car driver out, it is best to split leadership and move back and forth after a certain distance. Decide on the distance say 20 kilometers, one car would lead and the next 20 the other car would. And when more in number, keep swapping the lead position.

    4. Don’t push it: As the stress levels are higher, if you do not feel up to the mark, take a breather and park your car aside. Make sure that while parking, you are in a well lit area like a fuel station or a restaurant for other cars to make out.

    5. Keep warm: Keep mist off all your screens, and for the same the best way to do so is by turning on your car heater. You may feel hotter because of all the winter clothes, but, try to keep the inside of your car to a temperature at which mist does not accumulate. And while your car is parked and switched off, turn on your car for a while before moving on.

    While these are the basic tricks to tackle fog on highways, human instinct should be kept on top priority.

    Now the checklist for traveling in foggy condition

    Keeping your visibility while driving in fog can be quite a task if your car is not up to shape to tackle the low visibility weather. Here is a checklist of do-it-yourself things can prove to be a lot less stressful for you. Here is what the ‘above all’ list.

    1.Headlights: Make sure your headlights have enough lighting capacity. Bi-Xenons, High Intensity Discharges do help. However, the question comes in, what you do if your car is equipped with Halogens only? Check if your car's headlights are clean and have sufficient lighting capacity. An affordable aftermarket equipment that you can use is a headlight relay which increases the lighting capacity without changing the headlights or the lamps. And foremost, DO NOT USE HIGH BEAM. This will only decrease visibility (The reason to avoid the high beam is that the mist actually reflects the light and you will be seeing more light than the actual. So your eyes get tired and decrease visibility)

    2.Wipers: Despite the fact that you require them less, wipers is an important part to remove the icing that develops on the windscreen and the rear glass while driving.

    3.Demisters: Check if your front and rear demisters are working properly and if not, get them checked and if possible, replaced. Also, for demisting the windscreen, all you need to do is put your car’s circulation on fresh mode and turn to maximum heating. The fresh air coming in will become warmer by the engine’s heat and is a better way to save fuel.

    4.Hazard lights, rear lighting and parking lamps: Check if all these are intact and replace whichever is defective. This will ensure for all round visibility of your car.

    5.Fog lamps: This is the thumb rule of driving in fog. Install fog lamps if there is space on your car for the same. Some older cars do not have space, however, check for legalities from local authorities before installing any aftermarket fog lamps and make sure they are effective enough for fog. Make sure that they are multicolored or yellow. White fog lamps do look good, however, are totally in-effective in fog.

    Drive Safe.

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