We know that in Spain we have a nice weather that most people on other countries envy, and we’re not surprised, because variety is the spice of life, and here the weather is very varied. From a soft Mediterraneanweather in winter and a hot weather in the summer, to a fresh Atlantic weather most of the year. We’re lucky and wherever we go everyone knows that Spain is one of the best places to enjoy the sun almost all year round. But it’s true that this last autumn we’ve seen some storms and heavy rain that we’ve been underprepared for.
For that reason, here at Wiber we want you to live a true #WiberExperience and have no trouble that spoils your holidays, so we are going to give you some advice to drive with rain and fog, in case the whirlwind gets you on the road and you don’t know what to do to avoid risks.
Three tips to drive with rain or fog
- Caution when driving
First thing you need to be aware of is that you need to see and be seen, so you need to know what kind of lightning is recommended depending on the amount of rainfall. With rain, you need to use the short range lamps and not the position ones, because those are not bright enough for a right visibility. Plus you need to know that going around without the right lamps is not only a danger for yours and other drivers safety, but it is also a serious violation.
If there is fog, it is adviced against using the long range lamps, since these will have the opposite effect, becoming very dangerous. It’s recommended to use your front fog lamps and position lamps or short range at the same time than the front fog ones if you need to, this means, if fog is dense and visibility almost none. At the same time, the rear fog lamps are mandatory, because we need to be seen when we’re on the road.
It’s very important that you pass a periodic inspection for the lamps on your car since, even if some are not used very often, all of them are there to make you more visible at the right times. So one of the best tips to drive with rain and fog is being foresighted and have our lamps under control.
- Safety distance on wet roads
When the weather is unpromising, we are used to get on the car more, because it’s a way to not have your routines altered. A conclusion that most people that have to move around every day come to is that they rather do so on their car when the weather forecast says it’s going to rain, creating more traffic jams and thereby more collision risk.
If it starts to rain very heavily, we recommend you increase the safety distance up to even double than usual since wet pavement you can get hydroplaning. A risky condition that makes the vehicle to lose traction power, and so we lose control over the vehicle. In addition to this, we advice you to decrease your speed by a 10% les than usual on that road, because on a sudden braking on wet pavement, the reaction time for our car is bigger.
We apply the same rules when visibility is decreased by fog, since keeping an optimal safety distance will avoid a posible collision on the road with the car that is in front of us. Decreasing our speed is a foolproof ally, and a mandatory choice on these cases.
- Be careful with concentration lapses
It’s true that when driving you have to stay alert, for our safety and the others’, but when the weather is bad, you need to increase your reaction instincts to the top level.
The best tips to drive with rain and fog are to avoid changes while driving, so to speak, not to overtake and don’t pull over to the side of the road, waiting for the weather to get better. When rain or fog invade our way, we recommend to keep calm, since it’s going to be much easier to react over any unexpected event.
Around this time of the year it’s likely that we encounter days in which visibility is quite reduced due to rain and fog, so it’s better to be forewarned and foresighted. At Wiber, driving safely is one of our main priorities, that’s why our cars have regular checking, to offer a safe and high quality service.