No one likes to drive in bad weather. The roads could be wet or it could be hard to see, and before you know it you have gotten into an accident. There isn’t anything you can do to change the weather, or the way other people drive in it, but you can at least take control of your own driving habits. Below are a few tips to help keep you safe while you are driving in bad weather.
- Take It Slow – This is the most obvious tip. When the weather is bad out, don’t rush to get anywhere. Take your time and go slow. By going slow you give yourself more time to react should something go wrong, and you also decrease the chances that your car will lose control. Remember that it is better to get somewhere a few minutes late, than to not get there at all.
- Wipers On, Lights On – As a general rule, whenever you need to use your windshield wipers, you should turn your headlights on as well. Even if it is in the middle of the day, your headlights can help to improve your visibility. In addition, having your headlights on make it easier for other cars to see you, which makes driving on the road safer for everyone.
- Warm Up – If the weather is cold and snowy out, be sure to give your car time to warm up. By doing so, you ensure that your car will be functioning properly and therefore less likely to break down while you are driving.
- Inspect – Before you drive your car in bad weather, you should do a quick inspection to make sure everything is okay. See that your tires have enough air and enough tread on them. Pump your brakes a few times before pulling out to make sure that they work. Also make sure all of your mirrors are cleaned off and that you can see out of them well enough.
- Limit Distractions – When the weather is bad, it is even more important to reduce the number of distractions while driving. Lower the music, put the cell phone away, and don’t eat anything. While you may feel comfortable drinking your coffee and driving with one hand while the weather is nice out, it is not recommended while the weather is poor. Bad weather makes for unpredictable driving conditions, and you will be better equipped to handle them if you are completely focused and both hands are free.