You may be a cautious driver, but when faced with poor conditions, even you are at an increased risk of a collision. According to the Federal Highway Management System, the weather is a factor in 21% of car accidents.
To stay safe on the road, you will need to take into account the unique challenges different types of weather can bring to your driving experience. Here are some tips to help you stay safe in inclement weather.
Rain can significantly decrease your visibility. Make sure to use your wipers and turn on your headlights. You may also need to use the defroster to keep your windows from fogging up.
Water can make the road slick, causing you to skid. Slow down and try to avoid puddles. Since water tends to collect on the side of the road, you may want to drive in the middle lane.
Ice and snow
Cold weather precipitation can make it difficult for tires to grip the road, leading to potential collisions. To prevent losing control of your vehicle, drive slowly, watch for black ice and avoid braking suddenly.
Fog can keep you from seeing more than a few feet in front of your car. If your car is not equipped with fog lights, set your headlights to a low setting. High beams will reflect off the fog and actually make it more difficult to see.
High winds can send debris flying and push cars around on the road. Avoid towing trailers and driving large, bulky vehicles when wind speeds pick up.
No matter the type of weather, you should always wear your seat belt, follow traffic laws, and leave plenty of space between you and other automobiles. If possible, you should stay off the road altogether until conditions improve.