The Dos and Don’ts for Driving in Inclement Weather
Many types of weather conditions can make driving your vehicle a bit more challenging than, say, a clear sunny day. Fog, snow, freezing temperatures and heavy rain may affect your ability to see the road or safely avoid road hazards. The video below offers some simple tips for how to handle these types of weather conditions and stay safe on the road.
Inclement weather can make for dangerous driving conditions.
But these driving dos and don’ts can help keep your commute on course.
Dense fog can impair driver visibility.
But don’t turn on your high beams to make conditions clearer. This may cause a glare and impair visibility even more.
Instead, reduce your speed, turn on your low beams and use the painted lane lines as a guide.
Snow and freezing weather can lead to icy road conditions that are not immediately visible to drivers.
If your vehicle starts to slide on a patch of ice, resist the temptation to slam on your brakes.
Instead, take your foot off the accelerator and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
For cars without anti-lock brakes, avoid using your brakes.
If your car has anti-lock, you can brake firmly as you steer into the skid.
Heavy rain may not only hinder visibility while driving, but it can also lead to standing water, which may cause your car to hydroplane.
If you start to hydroplane, don’t turn the wheel quickly to steer out of the water.