Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Auto Safety in Rain or Ice

Got this from my best friend, since you are probably a "car" person, you are likely aware...

Driving in the rain  


How to  achieve good vision while driving during a heavy  downpour. 

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this  method when it rains heavily. This method was  given me by a Police friend from Illinois who had experienced  and confirmed it. It is useful....even driving  at night. One method used by Canadian Military Drivers for years.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the  wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility  in front of the windshield is still  bad...... 

In the event  you face such a situation, just try your SUN  GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of  a sudden, your visibility in front of your  windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no  rain. 

Make sure you  always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car,  as you are not only helping yourself to drive  safely with good vision, but also might save  your friend's life by giving him this  idea.. 

Try it yourself  and share it with your friends! Amazing, you  still see the drops on the windshield, but not  the sheet of rain falling.

You can see  where the rain bounces off the road. It works to  eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's  spraying you too. 

Or  the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip  in driver's training. It really does  work...

This next warning is a another  good one! I wonder how many people know about  this: 

A 36 year old  female had an accident several weeks ago and  totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn , Ontario   was traveling between Kinburn & Ottawa. It  was raining, though not excessively, when her  car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally  flew through the air.. She was not seriously  injured but very stunned at the sudden  occurrence! 

When she  explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON . She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a  safe consistent speed in the rain. But the  Officer told her that if the cruise control is  on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your  tires lose contact with the pavement, your car  will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making  you take off like an airplane. She told the OPP  Officer that was exactly what had  occurred. 

The Officer  said this warning should be listed, on the  driver's seat sun-visor -  NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL  WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell  our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to  use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry. 

The only person  the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the officer), was a man who had a similar accident, totalled  his car and  sustained severe injuries. 
NOTE: Some  vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE)  will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If you show this to people and only one of them doesn't  know about this, then it was all worth it...You might have saved a life. 

1 comment:

  1. Don't know about the sunglasses... very skeptical about that, maybe they refer to polarized?

    But i posted that cruise control issue as it regards snowy or icy roads, and never thought about the rainy roads problem