Driving Under Special Conditions
driving in fog, reduce speed and turn headlights on. Always keep
headlight on low beam mode, so that you can see road properly. The
high beam does not help in fog as one cannot see through fog. If
your vehicle has fog lamps turn them on. While in fog, not only
seeing is important, but also being seen is important. Always be
attentive and take some precautions as follows:
drive slow in fog
your headlights and keep them in low beam mode
sure that you are seen. Turn on your fog lamps and parking lights
defroster and windscreen wipers
keep safe distance between vehicles
If it is
really impossible to drive pull off completely and keep your
Hill driving is difficult task and should be undertaken by
experienced and apt drivers. Hill driving is different from driving
in plain areas due to complex topography. Roads are designed
differently in hills. The view of driver is restricted due to
innumerous turns and suffers more fatigue due to excessive
maneuvering of vehicle.
While driving on hill, driver should take care about following
If you are not apt driver, do not drive on hilly roads.
Always follow the speed limits and reduce speed at turns.
Always be attentive and avoid distractions like car stereos etc.
Always give priority to uphill traffic by giving it way.
Never drive in hills under the influence of alcohol.
Do not overtake on turns, curves and bridges.
Do not overload the vehicle.
Avoid using clutch pedal at turns and hairpin bends.
Do not run vehicle on neutral while driving down hill.
Always blow horn on turns.
Always check the vehicle specially brakes and tyres before starting
Accidents more likely when driving at Night
Darkness can make driving a dangerous as well as challenging job.
Night driving is more dangerous as your visibility space becomes
limited at night.
Tips to make night driving safer :-
Make sure vehicle headlights, taillight and directional signals are
Drive slowly at night
Keep more space between your vehicle and other vehicles.
Only use high beams in dark or remote areas where you can't see the
road surface ahead.
On well lit corridors, drive with low beam, i.e., head lights dipped
Always use low beam when driving in fog.
Never stop on any roadway at night, it is hard for an approaching
driver to tell whether or not a stopped car is moving until it is
Never drink and drive. Alcohol can drastically slow the direct
effect of eye's sensibility.
Retro-reflective tapes reflect when light falls on it during night.
Now it is also mandatory to keep Retro-reflective triangle behind
the vehicle during breakdown. Retro-reflective tapes ensure your
visibility even when vehicle taillights go off. Always use it to be
safe at night.
Driving in rain
The most important thing to remember is that brakes perform below
their capacity during rain and snowfall.
Following should be kept in mind during rain:
Keep pedalling your brakes to check their performance.
Use your wind-screen wipers and demisters.
Sometimes road becomes slippery because of the mixture of
rain water and oil. Vehicle skids on such surfaces. So two wheeler
drivers must take extra care.
Increase the distance between two vehicles, so that you get
time to stop your vehicle.
Do not take sharp turns.
If rain is heavy, keep your blinkers on.
Drive carefully and slow through water inundated roads as
there could be potholes.
If you do not have power brakes in your vehicle, drive more
cautiously and dead slow.
Do not overtake unnecessarily.
If you are not apt driver do not drive on hills during heavy
Ensure your tyres are properly maintained, with clean and
Drive sensibly; do not speed up through collected water to
splash it on others.
Keep your mud flaps in good condition.
Always keep umbrella in your vehicle during monsoon.