Rain, ice and other inclement conditions can turn roadways dangerous and prevent drivers from getting home safely. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the risk that severe weather poses.
If you want to keep yourself and your family safe on the road, here is what you need to know about the dangers of bad weather.
Many types of bad weather make it more difficult for you to perceive hazards while driving. Rain, snow, sleet and other types of precipitation can affect visibility. Cold temperatures can obscure windshields, windows and mirrors. Fog can prevent you from seeing more than a few feet in front of your vehicle.
To combat the effects of poor visibility, slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles to help avoid potential collisions. This will give you more time to react to sudden problems. Always use the correct headlights for the type of precipitation. For example, in fog, use your low beams or fog lights. Make sure to defrost your windows and mirrors before operating your vehicle. Change your windshield wipers regularly to ensure they are working when you need them.
Weather can affect the roads themselves. Ice, snow and rain make streets slippery and can cause tires to lose traction. Speeding increases the risk of your car skidding. Know what to do if you lose control of your vehicle.
Before making drive-in severe weather, consider whether the trip is necessary first. If it is, check local traffic sources and plan your route before you leave. Some forethought could help you get safely to your destination.