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Tips and specific rules depending... Tips and specific rules depending...

Snow

Before you travel this time of year, you should take a series of measures to prevent any foreseeable incident on road:

  • Turn on the dipped headlights (basic rule: "see and be seen").
  • Check operation of windshield wipers and rear window heating.
  • Use the vehicle's interior ventilation system to remove fog on the windows and wipe with a dry cloth.
  • Avoid sudden accelerations and decelerations as well as passing other vehicles.
  • Anticipate any incident to avoid using the brakes.
  • Maintain a slow speed.
  • Periodically remove snow that accumulates on the fender and which may impede the rotation of the wheels.
  • Be very cautious about snow on the road that is packed and turned into ice as it is very slippery.
  • When the road becomes white, or when traffic authorities request it, put chains on the driving wheels. Do not wait until you are stuck to put the chains off.
  • Chains must be installed in locations far from the road and easily accessible for the vehicle to avoid hindering traffic.

* If the road becomes blocked due to snow:

  • Do not pass a vehicle blocked by snow without being absolutely sure of being able to do so in such a way to leave the road clear after performing the maneuver.
  • Never stop on the road. Park away from the highway and do not leave the vehicle without being sure you can reach a home or shelter for help.
  • Do not approach a snow plow while it is working.


Rain

  • When it is raining, turn on the dipped headlights to be seen better . “(basic rule: see and be seen)”.
  • Check the correct operation of the windshield wipers and rear window heating.
  • Aim interior heating toward the windows to reduce fog formed by the humidity and wipe with a dry cloth.
  • Periodically check the effectiveness of the brakes, gently swabbing them to dry the moisture from the pads.
  • Do not brake suddenly to avoid slipping (water planning).
  • Keep in mind that the stopping distance is greater in the rain, so you should increase the safety distance from the vehicle ahead (The 3 Second Rule).
  • The 3 Second Rule is a way to calculate the safe driving distance to allow enough time to notice and react to an event in front of you.


Ice

  • Know how to spot sections or areas with ice to avoid using the brakes.
  • Slowly reduce your speed and keep it slow.
  • Avoid braking or sudden direction changes.
  • Avoid sudden accelerations and decelerations as well as passing other vehicles.
  • Stay alert to the direction and behavior of other vehicles as they can be unpredictable.


Fog

  • Turn on the dipped headlights and fog lamps (basic rule: "see and be seen").
  • Adapt your speed and the safety distance from the vehicle ahead based on visibility.
    Always be mindful of: visibility, speed and the vehicle in front of you.
    Example: Visibility (50 meters) = speed (50 Km/h) = Vehicle ahead at 50 meters.
  • Check operation of windshield wipers.
  • Do not brake hard, and avoid overtaking.
  • In case of any incident on the road, immediately turn on your emergency flashers, headlights and fog lamps.
  • When the fog is very thick, use the road markings on the right side of the road.
  • Always drive in the right lane on highways.
  • Pay attention to 2-wheeled vehicles and pedestrians as they are less visible in fog.


Windy conditions

Before you travel this time of year, you should take a series of measures to prevent any foreseeable incident on road:

  • Learn to recognize wind direction and strength.
  • Slow down and hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid dangerous swerves of the vehicle.
  • When passing other vehicles, or crossing them, exiting from tunnels and in generally poorly protected areas of the road, you may experience powerful gusts of wind, so you should pay attention to these situations to avoid losing control and flipping.

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