Whether you’re a novice or a skilled driver, there are going to be times when adverse weather will test your driving abilities. The best defense you have is the ability to react calmly and correctly to the conditions.
Before you head out, watch your local weather forecast. If there is a possibility of rain, snow, strong winds or other potentially dangerous weather on the way, you may want to consider alternative travel times, routes and destinations. However you can’t always predict the weather, and there is always the possibility you could get stuck driving in adverse conditions.
Whether you’re driving in slick conditions or avoiding potholes or hazards in the road, here are a few tips that could help you react appropriately for the conditions.
When Surfaces are Slick
When roads become slippery, you have to react differently than you would during ideal driving conditions. Whether it’s rainy, snowy or icy, there are some simple steps you can take to help keep yourself safe in slick conditions:
Driving Through Puddles
Be very cautious when driving through puddles, the water may be hiding a pothole. Never drive through rushing water, as it may be a lot deeper than you expected. In flood conditions, the water can rise more quickly than you may be able to react.
Driving in Fog
When you’re driving in foggy conditions, it’s just as important for other cars to see you as it is for you to see them and the road. Always use your low beams, not just the fog or parking lights. This helps other drivers see your vehicle. In extremely thick fog, use the lines on the pavement and roadway reflectors as your guide and listen for other vehicles you may not be able to see.
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