Avoiding Common Road Hazards
Each time you get behind the wheel, you have to diligently pay attention to the road. Not only does this ensure safer driving practices, but will help you anticipate and react to common road hazards you may encounter.
Here are some common road hazards, and ways to avoid or deal with them.
- Bad weather and bad traffic: Reduce your speed and drive a pace that matches traffic. Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. Keep your windshield clean, and replace windshield wipers as needed. Being able to see clearly out of your windshield is a must.
- Reckless drivers: Drivers who aren’t paying attention, driving impaired, speeding or driving too slow for the flow of traffic can inhibit you from driving safely. To avoid them, slow down, let them pass and keep a safe distance.
- Children or bicyclists: Slow down and keep your distance.
- Debris and other objects in the middle of the road: Slow down and try to change lanes before you get too close to whatever is obstructing your path.
- Construction zones: Slow down and try to be even more aware of your surroundings.
- Potholes: If you see a pothole, slow down and keep a firm grip on your wheel. If possible, try to drive around the pothole.
Remember to always drive carefully with your full attention on the road. If you encounter any of these hazards, use your best judgement and extreme caution.