Avoid driving during severe weather (e.g. storms, heavy rain, flooding, extreme heatwaves and bushfires). If unavoidable, drive cautiously and adjust your speed to the conditions.
Avoid danger by listening for radio updates on weather conditions and adjust your route accordingly. Bring lots of water and take rest breaks at appropriate locations.
Aquaplaning happens when enough water on the road surface causes your vehicle to lose traction and makes the vehicle unresponsive. You can reduce the risk of aquaplaning by reducing your speed.After driving through a deep puddle, brake lightly a couple of times
Driving through deep water requires extra care and lower speeds as you have no idea what may be hiding under the water. The road surface may be damaged, and the water may be hiding debris.
Your brakes can lose some of their effectiveness after driving through water. It is recommended that you gently test your brakes to make sure they function properly. If they don’t, you should gently apply your brakes until they are dry and work again.
When driving in bad weather conditions (e.g. dust, rain, snow or fog):
Skidding is caused by:
Prevent skidding by following the ‘Smooth ABC’ plan - Accelerate, Brake and Corner smoothly.Skidding is more common on slippery roads