The U.S department of transportation reports that, “On average, there are over 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year. Approximately 22% of these crashes – nearly 1,259,000 – are weather-related.”
Driving in unsafe conditions like in rain, snow or hail, the most important thing to do to improve safety is slow down. Reducing speed by just ten miles per hour can greatly decrease the odds of getting into an accident. Driving already requires the utmost focus while on the road, but, in adverse weather conditions, turning off the radio and making sure that cellphone is out of sight can greatly improve focus on the road.
Sometimes, if it is possible, the best way to make driving safer in adverse weather is to not drive at all; waiting to drive until the weather clears will not only be safer, but it will also help you to avoid traffic on the road. To prevent an accident, waiting an hour for road conditions to improve before you begin driving may be the best course of action.
Here are four tips for driving in adverse weather conditions:
Notice and steer clear of larger vehicles in the road like tractor-trailers or massive trucks. These trucks are more susceptible to high winds and sharp turns from one lane to another.
Keep a firm grip on the wheel.
Double or triple the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you if possible. This will ascertain your ability to brake in case of an abrupt stop or sharp turn.
Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you.
As important as these tips may be in terms of improving your road safety, nothing is more helpful than driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle with great safety ratings and tires in good condition.