No matter the season, there are multiple possible dangers on the road at any given time. Whether you’re driving with family, friends, or by yourself, there are many things you need to be aware of and watching for around your car. In order to help you have a better chance at identifying them, we’ve made a list of some of the biggest risks to watch out for on the road.
Water or Ice
These two hazards depend on the time of year, but they’re both pretty similar. During the rainy season, sewer drains can get backed up, leading to flooding in the streets. If the water is deep, your car could get stuck. If it’s shallow, you could end up hydroplaning. It’s sometimes hard to tell how deep the water is at first glance, so we recommend avoiding it if possible. If that’s not possible, driving slowly is your best bet.
When it’s cold out, that same water on the road can freeze, causing cars to lose control. If you see ice, make sure you slow down. However, black ice is quite common in the winter, so driving slower, in general, will keep you the safest.
Whether you are on a country road or crossing through an intersection, cars that are driving toward you are a constant danger to you and your vehicle. Unfortunately, situations like these are impossible to avoid, so make sure you are hyperaware when faced with them and be ready to slam on the breaks if needed.
18-wheelers can be a danger regardless of the direction they are going. Their sheer size and weight can destroy your car in an instant. Luckily, truck drivers are well trained, but even they slip up every so often. Sometimes, they’re driving while drowsy or may not be paying close attention to their surroundings. Either way, there are signs of what to look out for in order to prevent getting hit.
Fog or Dark Nights
You can’t always plan the times you are going to be on the road, and you may have to drive in conditions where visibility is low at times. No matter if it’s fog or a really dark night, turning your lights on and remaining alert will help you stay on top of whatever might cross your path unexpectedly.
There are even times when you are the biggest risk to watch out for on the road. Driving recklessly, getting distracted, or getting behind the wheel while tired are all things that can lead to you being the problem. We all worry so much about everyone else that we often forget to pay attention to ourselves. It’s not always intentional, but that’s why it’s even more important to analyze our own driving from time to time. At the end of the day, an accident is still an accident, so you should take all measures possible to avoid them.