Safe driving, for you and your environment (Photo: Reuven Castro)
The stormy weather that plagues us (Hi Barbara) requires a refresher on some winter driving highlights that, even if repeated every year, always make it possible to refine critical points.
This time, we let the GTP chat software tell us what mistakes the drivers make on the road, it was actually fine, but we have some additions.
Software tip speed: Driving too fast in relation to the weather conditions may make it difficult to control the vehicle and reduce visibility.
We say: adjusting the speed to the road conditions is always important.
The more critical derivative is the ability of the tires to grip in case of a wet road (rule of thumb - shiny is slippery), as well as the effect on the stopping distances of the car in these situations.
2. Failure to maintain distance
software tip: Failure to maintain distance reduces reaction time and increases the risk of a collision
We say: this is also a golden advice that is always valid.
In rainy conditions and a wet road, the limited visibility and less grip in case of braking aggravates the dangers created by not keeping a distance.
And what about the idiot in the back who doesn't keep your distance?
Increase the distance from the vehicle in front of you even more and this way you can avoid strong braking that will cause it to collide with you.
How much distance to add?
Another second of keeping distance on a wet road, one more if it's going down like that and one more when all this happens at night.
Another aspect of keeping a distance is not only from the vehicle in front of you, but also from the vehicle next to you.
A large truck may pick up an amount of spray that easily hides a car, especially if it's a problematic color to begin with like silver or gray.
Air pressure, don't forget the spare (photo: Keinan Cohen)
3. Tire pressure
Software tip: maintaining correct inflation pressure is essential for grip on a wet and slippery road
We say: again, always true, but more significant in winter mainly due to the need to allow as good contact area as possible of the tire sole with the road, and the ability to evacuate water through the tire grooves.
An over-inflated tire causes the outer parts of the sole to lift, while under-inflation causes the inner (central) part of the tire to lift.
Either way, the result is an incomplete contact area of the sole with the asphalt.
software tip: turn on lights in harsh climate conditions and stormy weather to improve visibility and help other vehicles see you
We say: driving with lights on even during the day is recommended in all seasons, not just in winter precisely for the reason of increasing the visibility of vehicles .
The second point concerns fog lights, they are called that for a very specific reason - they are only turned on, and only when there is fog.
5. Braking and acceleration
Software tip: sudden braking and acceleration may cause loss of grip and slipping
We say: not only braking and acceleration, but also the entire steering of the car should be "calibrated" again for winter driving.
Starting braking at an earlier stage before a bend for example will allow the car to reach it at the appropriate speed and allow it to deal with one task at a time, slowing down in the first stage and then transferring the weight and centripetal force in the bend itself.
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How are your brakes?
And the tires? (Photo: bosch)
6. Vehicle health
software tip: Neglecting the maintenance of vehicle systems such as brakes, wipers, and lights increases the risk in severe weather conditions
. The ones we can control as much as possible.
A brake inspection will be done kosher in any self-respecting garage, the investment of a few tens of shekels in high-quality wipers, or in professional polishing of the car's headlights if you are unable to do it yourself is a negligible expense compared to the benefit.
We will also add the importance of good tires, as before, we recommend the "shekel test" - take a shekel coin and insert it into the tire slots with the number 1 and the inscription under it facing you.
If you do not see the inscription, the depth of the grooves is correct.
If you see the word "Shekel" the tires are close to the replacement date.
If you managed to read the "new" as well - you are going to renew your tires - now!
More distance in winter (photo: Or Yerok, Sharon Perez)
If until now these were very helpful tips, but it was easy to give you from the dry server farm somewhere, here are some tips that no artificial intelligence really knows.
Do not dress too heavily
despite the desire to wear as many layers as possible to continue the opposite effect even after you get out of bed - try to minimize the layers of clothing when you drive.
Stocking hats with and without pom-poms, along with a scarf, a thick coat and other items of clothing clutter our movement in the car and may make it difficult to turn your head to take a second or third look in the side mirrors before crossing a lane.
Gloves are of course out of bounds, because they interfere with holding the steering wheel.
Champion's tip: spare shoes in the car.
Keep a pair of sneakers in the car.
They will allow you to instantly replace the wet and dirty ones you were wearing outside with those that will not dirty the car and more importantly - will not slip on the brake pedal because the sole was wet.
You sat in the car, you are ready to go, but the windows are covered with steam.
So first of all, what don't you do - don't wipe with your hand.
Turn on the air conditioning, it doesn't matter if it's hot or cold, the main thing is that the air conditioner in the car (marked with a button labeled AC) will be turned on.
The dry air emitted from it absorbs the moisture that causes steam and will leave you with clean windshields.
Most modern cars have a dedicated button or defrost mode, with a striped windshield painted on it, look for it.