It's official. Fall has arrived and with it the change of season, so that the citizens have to adapt to new situations each time we take the car that can compromise our safety on the road . In summer the days are long and sunny, while in the autumn, the daylight hours are becoming fewer, and the appearance of important phenomena of the weather side is constant . Phenomena such as rain, fog or even ice can surprise us on the road to be little accustomed to them.
in Addition to the measures that we must follow throughout the year ( maintain safe distance, observe speed limits and wear seat belts, among many others) in this season of the year we should have in mind that nights are long so that the risks of accident increase.
therefore, we have to adapt our driving and make a series of recommendations for driving in the autumn is more secure. And to this end, the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) always puts at the disposal of the citizens tips .Before the trip
Before you travel, it is necessary to get the vehicle in point . Check its mechanical condition is adequate and, especially, check the brakes and tires (the grooves must have a minimum of 1.6 mm) to ensure good road grip and prevent slipping. Also, check the state of the brushes and their correct operation, as during the summer and, due to the high temperatures, have been left in a poor state. And, finally, that the lighting system of the vehicle, the fog lights and their settings are in order.
it is Also important to be informed about the possibility of adverse weather conditions in the road as if the weather conditions are not favorable, it is advisable to delay as much as possible the output until they disappear.During the trip
If, during the road trip in this period fall might appear unfavorable weather conditions it is necessary to take into account that driving in this situation increases the nervous strain and the visual fatigue to be accompanied by both a decrease of the attention and being the cause of the accident risk.
In the long haul, it is better to stop at a rest area and wait for conditions to improve. However, in the case of continue, and with fog, you must turn on the dipped headlights and fog lamps; and with rain, the low beam lights to be better seen.
Also, you have to verify periodically the effectiveness of the brakes by tapping them gently to dry the moisture from the pads, being totally inadvisable to brake suddenly to avoid acquaplanning. In addition, keep in mind that the stopping distance is greater with the rain, so you increase the Safety Distance with the front vehicle is required.night Driving
The risks of night driving poses dangers associated with loss of visual acuity and the reduction of the visual field. Although at night it is estimated that the traffic decreases 60% , the 42% of fatal accidents happen at such hours as, in the darkness, we do not appreciate, no speed, no movement. What is more, it can hide hazards visible in daylight. For example, the dark objects not seen on a dark background .
All this implies a higher time to identify objects and correctly interpret the road signs vertical, horizontal, and marking. Therefore, it is necessary to decrease the speed of up to 20% with respect to the permitted speed, as the circular light crossing the area illuminated by the headlamps can be much lower than the stopping distance.
But is that, in addition, at risk for premature onset of monotony, fatigue and tiredness, especially between four and six in the morning, when the level of alert . So it is important to stop every two hours or whenever you notice fatigue or drowsiness, do breathing exercises or walk to retrieve the necessary capacity to lead.Updated Date: 23 September 2019, 19:01