If you have a choice, it’s better to avoid driving in bad weather, but if you have to head out on the road, there are some things you can do to help stay safe. Follow these safety tips when you have to drive in bad weather.
Driving in the Rain
Wet roads can be slippery, so make sure to slow down. Whether it is just sprinkling or you are on the road in a downpour, rain can create difficult driving conditions. In addition to slowing down, you want to make sure you keep some extra distance between you and the car ahead of you and always turn your headlights on. Don’t forget to turn on your windshield wipers, and adjust them to the correct speed.
It is important to note that if flooding occurs when you are driving in the rain, never cross over a flooded roadway. You can’t tell how deep the water is, and deep water could put you in danger. Always find another route to avoid flooded roads.
Driving In the Fog
If you have to head out in foggy conditions, always make sure your headlights are on, and use your low beams. The low beam headlights make it easier to see and allow other drivers to see you too. Stay close to the right side of the road, and use the white fog line that runs along the side to help guide you.
If the fog gets so thick that you can’t see, you can pull over to the right side of the road. Make sure you are well out of the way of traffic, turn on your hazards, and wait for the fog to lift so that it’s safe to drive.
Driving in High Winds
You might not think that driving in high winds is a hazardous situation, but it can be dangerous. When it’s windy, always keep an eye out for any debris that could be flying around you and hit your vehicle. It is also essential to keep your distance from trailers and high-profile vehicles. These types of vehicles have high centers of gravity and are more likely to tip over in high winds.
Driving in Snow and Ice
If you can avoid going out in a snowstorm, always choose to stay home. When you have to drive in snowy and icy weather, keep your speeds down. It is also important to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you and avoid any sudden braking. Apply the brakes slowly and steadily if you need to stop to prevent slipping. It is also important to apply slow, steady pressure to the gas pedal when accelerating to avoid spinning your tires.
Before you head out in the snow, completely clear your vehicle. Make sure to remove all the snow and ice from the windows to ensure that you have a clear view of the road.