While out on the road in your car, you want to be certain that you and your passengers are as safe as possible, and one of the best ways to accomplish this goal is preparing for every driving scenario imaginable, and this includes bad weather.
Whether snow, ice, fog, or rain, adverse weather conditions can make it much more difficult to operate your vehicle and can increase your chances of being involved in a wreck by a tremendous degree. Keep in mind these tips for driving in bad weather conditions and you should be able to avoid major accidents whenever you get behind the wheel.
Driving in Winter Weather
If you’re like most people, then you probably have experience driving in the rain. However, much fewer motorists know the proper way to drive through snow and ice, two of the toughest driving scenarios that you could encounter. Even if you live in an area where winter weather is uncommon, it’s still a good idea to get a few tips for driving under these conditions.
Controlling your speed is the best way to stay safe while driving through snow and ice, whether it is presently falling or already on the ground. Driving slower will help you have a better view of your surroundings and will make it easy for you to react when dangerous conditions occur. You also need to make sure you have a consistently clear view of the road by clearing ice from your windshield and making sure that your exterior lights are working properly.
What to Do When Your Car Starts Sliding
Losing traction is a fear of many drivers, and this scary situation can occur whenever the road is slightly slick. If you want to make sure that you always have control of your vehicle, there are a few things that you can do to avoid a loss of traction.
First, and most importantly, you should never turn sharply or jam your brakes when road conditions are slick. This can result in hydroplaning and a major accident with serious injuries. Drive slowly and cautiously and you should be able to avoid spinouts. If your vehicle does lose contact with the road, avoid the temptation to heavily apply your brakes, which will almost always worsen the skid. The more effective solution is to gently take your foot off of the accelerator and allow your vehicle to slow naturally.
Dealing with Fog
Fog is another dangerous driving condition that you should be prepared to encounter. The reduced visibility that fog brings makes it very easy to get into an accident, which is why every driver should understand how to deal with this situation.
Although they may not cut through the thick fog, you should always turn on your high beams when this weather event occurs, as some visibility is better than no visibility. You should also slow your vehicle to make sure you are a safe distance from other cars. Finally, if the fog is too thick to see at all, you may want to pull over until it has dissipated.
Driving in Bad Weather Conditions and Accidents
While you are following these bad weather driving tips, it’s still possible to get into a major accident because of another driver. If this happens to you, then you need to protect your rights with the help of Mitch Grissim & Associates.
Our legal team is ready to listen to the facts of your accident and help you plan your personal injury lawsuit. Contact our firm today.