Summer Storms

Poor visibility

In the summer, weather conditions are not always ideal for driving. Sometimes it rains so hard from one moment to the next that visibility is severely limited. In addition the vehicle begins to slide on water surfance and can no longer be in control. 

The risk of accidents increases by 100%

Accident researchers have found that many motorists accelerate hard when it rains, although in wet conditions there is a greater risk of skidding. Regardless of this, motorists travel just as fast or even faster than on dry roads. However, when the road is poor and wet, the accident risk increases by more than 100%.

When it rains down on the gas

If it rains so much that you cannot see anything, the next parking lot should be taken. In general, in the rain or in wet conditions, you should drive slower and increase the distance from the car in front of you. Caution is especially necessary with deep ruts. Depending on the amount of precipitation, spinning out of control can occur at a speed of 60 km/h. If you spin the car, avoid heavy steering movements. 

Where is it the safest during thunderstorms?

In the car we usually sit in closed metal bodies, which corresponds to the cage - even if the roof area has large glass present. Inside, you should not touch any metal parts that are connected to the body, which is unlikely to be problematic in today's standard plastic lining. Cabriolets work with the top down on the same principle - in almost every convertible top there are rods made of metal.

The safest place in motor-homes and caravans in many cases is the driver's cab. 

For cyclists - avoid exposed areas and proximity to tall objects such as trees. If possible, seek protection under bridges. 

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