Safety Tips for Driving in Inclement Weather
Slow Down and Give a Longer Stopping Radius
Maintain an appropriate speed and distance. When it’s icy, wet, or visibility is low, you need enough time to react to any sudden changes to the flow of traffic, or not so smart moves from other drivers.
Cell phone use is the number one cause of road accidents. For the safety and security of yourself and other drivers- texting, social media and streaming services can wait.
Handling Your Vehicle on ice
In the circumstance that you run into a patch of black ice, the most important thing is to avoid slamming on your brakes, which will cause you to slide or spin out. In addition, attempt to straighten out your wheel by moving it in the same direction that you’re spinning. This will help you gain control over the vehicle until you can reach non-icy ground.
Minimize Visibility Issues
Be sure to clean windows, lights, and mirrors. Make sure they are free of snow, or dirt and road sludge. Increasing visibility during inclement weather conditions is essential to a safe trip.
Bridges and Overpasses
When traveling across bridges and overpasses during rain or snow, be extra cautious. Elevated roads are icier and wetter than asphalt roads because they have no way to trap heat. Black ice or slick surfaces are more common on these roads; it’s important to slow down below the speed limit and proceed with caution in inclement weather.
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