Weather doesn’t cooperate. It’s unpredictable. So, when you’re on the road and conditions become hazardous—find the safest and fastest place to pullover. Your life is never worth the gamble.
However, if your driving skills thrive under the pressure of dangerous weather, here’re a few basic tips every person should once they take the wheel.
Get your Car Insurance Squared Away
It may come as no surprise, but this vital piece of information is still missing in many cars on the road today. This is especially important if you happen to drive in a place frequent of severe weather conditions. Once the key is in the ignition, you are liable for anything that happens. Why take the risk? If you’re struggling to find a reputable agency, one simple tip is to compare auto insurance costs and coverage plans that best fit your financial status and personal needs.
Driving in Ice
- Drive slower. If you feel even the slightest road-slippage, reduce your speed to 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. If you’re still skeptical or feel that your tires continue to skid, reduce your speed by another five miles per hour.
- Black Ice. Its’ almost impossible to detect, so in frigid temperatures, be extra cautious during turns and speed changes. With its transparent-like appearance, black ice is harder to find than a needle in a haystack during the day. However, when there’re no cars heading in the opposite direction, flip on your headlights to notice any reflections beaming from the road—you may just find the infamous black ice before it finds you.
- Avoid tailing other drivers. If driving in poor conditions wasn’t nerve-racking already, it’s especially scary when another car is behaving erratically behind you. Tailgating is not only illegal, but it’s incredibly dangerous. Stop rushing and take your time. If you can’t fit a football field between you and the next car ahead, you’re driving too close.
Driving in the Fog
- Flip on the low beams. Most cars install fog lights on the same switch you use for signaling to turn. When in doubt, think low to the ground as the further your headlights beam, the more reflection is generated.
- Let others drivers know. Before entering a pocket of fog, cautiously step on the breaks to signal to the drivers behind you that visibility is going to be an issue.
- Extra-cautious. Fog hinders your ability to see impending turns or stopped cars. If driving up or down a mountain, treat every approaching turn with slow speed and alertness.
Driving in the Rain
- Beware the hydroplane. Watery roads have the notorious reputation of blending with oils and other materials to create a hazardous minefield for hydroplaning. Limit your speed from possibly lifting off the ground. If you do endure this frightening experience, don’t panic! Keep hands firmly on the stirring wheels and lift your foot off the acceleration—never slam on the breaks.
- Being puddle savvy. When your car goes through a large puddle, it’s important that you gently feather your breaks (lifting your foot on and off the breaks) to increase resistance and heat. This will help to dry the brakes.