Bad weather can make driving a severe and even deadly challenge if a driver is not careful enough. If a driver keeps a level head and remembers to practice some essential tips, it can drastically improve their odds of making it to their destination in one piece.
Over one million accidents every year are the result of bad weather. Everyone must practice these safe driving habits to make the roads safer for everyone.
Check ahead for the weather
If you are planning a long-distance trip, or on notoriously dangerous roads, check the weather a few days in advance to see if you can avoid driving during bad weather. This foresight can be the best method of staying safe from bad weather.
Keep your vehicle up to date
If brakes begin to fail during icy or rainy conditions, it can spell disaster. The same applies to windshield wipers and turn signals. Make sure that your car has all of its safety devices up to par.
Keep your distance
Safe driving typically calls for leaving at least one car length between cars. In adverse weather conditions, a driver should double, or even triple, this distance. Drivers need additional space to account for slippery road conditions and give a driver more time to come to a complete stop on a dangerous road.
Listen to your instincts
Driving slow in unsafe conditions is a great way to stay safe on the road. If a driver still feels unsure about the roads, there is nothing wrong with pulling over and waiting things out. If possible, pull over into a gas station or other pit stop, rather than the side of the road. Otherwise, it can be easy to pull over into a deep puddle or a trench covered in snow.
The safe answer is typically the right answer
If a sudden rainstorm or blizzard endangers roadways, take proper precautions to stay safe. If you are uncertain about the roads’ condition, it is best to play it safe and stay put.