Tips for staying safe on the road during wild winter weather

Date: Jun 06, 2012

As wild weather tears through Sydney and the greater New South Wales region, it is important to remember to stay safe on the roads.
On June 4 the Bureau of Meteorology released a statement warning those in coastal areas – particularly those from Batemans Bay to Port Macquarie – as there is expected to be flooding and high tides.
"The low pressure system will bring large waves and damaging winds to coastal areas together with a period of heavy rain," the bureau's NSW director Barry Hanstrum said.
"On Tuesday night the combination of large waves and high tide will lift the water levels even higher," he added.
It looks like his predictions proved to be correct. This morning (June 6), the Sydney Morning Herald reported gusts of up to 127 kilometres per hour on June 6 and that some ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay have been suspended due to rough seas.
Rain, wind and fog can be dangerous for those behind the wheel, especially if motorists do not adjust their speed and driving techniques to adapt to the changing conditions.
Here are a few tips from Smart Motorist that may help you stay safe and avoid being involved in any accidents during this patch of bad weather.
Slow down
Speed limits are not necessarily a target – adjust the pace at which you travel to suit the environment. If it is wet, raining or windy, it may be a good idea to slow down and exercise extra caution, especially at intersections and around tight corners.
This is because it takes longer to brake when the conditions are wet – meaning that more accidents could occur if you increase your speed.
Increase your following distance
In wet weather, it may be worth increasing your following distance. The usual rule is that you should follow another vehicle at a distance of three seconds – you may want to increase this to five.
This is for the same reasons as above – it takes longer to stop in wet conditions, meaning that if the car in front of you brakes suddenly and you are too close, you are at higher risk of a collision.
Turn your lights on
If the day is particularly grey, gloomy and dark, turn your headlights on! This will increase visibility and help others on the road be aware of your vehicle.
For more tips and tricks you may like to visit the Smart Motorist site.
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