Drivers ed

Essay by gdchickHigh School, 10th gradeA+, July 2005

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In many cases drivers, especially inexperienced ones, tend to be overwhelmed and unprepared for driving under extreme conditions. For the most part even a basic knowledge of how to deal with these conditions can save lives. Also drivers that haven't been driving in special conditions may tend to underestimate the severity of problems that may arise and even though they might be an experienced driver they would be as unprepared as a brand new driver. One of the most common instances of severe driving weather can be heavy rains. However other more severe situations include: blizzards, desert driving, and mountain driving. Each of these however can be equally as dangerous perhaps even deadly when not handled properly.

The most common and probably most underestimated of the conditions listed above is heavy rain. Since rain is so common people can start to ignore the danger of wet and rainy conditions. However the fact that you deal with rain a lot does not eliminate the danger.

In fact in some cases rain can increase accidents by more than 300%. Given the danger of driving in rain you can still reduce the likelihood of a crash by knowing what to do if you do get into a situation where you lose control and begin to skid or hydroplane. Hydroplaning is when your tire is partially or mostly being lifted by water. This occurs when your tire is not displacing enough water (which can be more than a gallon every few seconds) and is slowly having its contact with the road and traction reduced. It is important in these situations to remain calm. The biggest mistakes in wet weather driving can mostly be attributed to panic or inexperience. Some things that can increase danger when you lose control are slamming on the brakes, turning...