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How can I drive more safely in adverse weather conditions?

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Ideally, every time you need to drive, the sun will be shining overhead and the skies will be clear. However, that is not reality.

Many times, when you get behind the wheel, you will have adverse weather. This might mean snow, rain, fog, excessive wind or the sun may be at an angle that it shines right in your eyes. In these situations, you need to learn some basic tactics to use to allow you to drive safely.

Slow down

The number one thing you can do to be safer in adverse weather conditions is to reduce your speed. Slowing down will always make you safer because it increases reaction time and the traction your wheels have on the road, which puts you more in control. If you ever feel like the weather is reducing your ability to see the road clearly or causing a distraction, just reduce your speed.

Increase focus

The second most important thing to do is to become hyper-focused on driving. You need to remove any distractions. This could mean turning off the radio or asking passengers to be quiet. Whatever it takes, you need to become completely focused on paying attention to the road and the task at hand.

Brake carefully

In most adverse weather, being careful when applying the breaks will be beneficial. In rain or snow, it will allow your wheels to get traction and prevent slipping. In fog or overly sunny conditions, it will allow other vehicles to know you are slowing down or stopping with enough time to react.

In general, these tips are common sense. You want to be more careful when the weather is acting against you as you drive. You can help prevent accidents and keep yourself safer by being a more alert and aware driver.