Rain, snow, ice, fog, smoke and wind can make driving hazardous and increase your risk of being involved in accidents. Planning ahead, taking precautions and understanding the risks is important. Follow these tips to help keep you, your passengers and other motorists safe when weather conditions make driving difficult.
Rain is the most common adverse weather condition. Despite this, drivers often overlook the dangers of driving in rain – slippery roads, wet brakes, reduced visibility and traffic congestion. Try reducing your speed, increasing your following distance and turning on your headlights.
Watch for pooling water on the road. Hydroplaning can occur when tires ride on a thin layer of water. Your speed, amount of water on the roadway, tire tread depth, tire air pressure and road surface affect your risk of hydroplaning. This can happen when driving as slow as 30 mph.
When freezing temperatures are expected, be prepared for ice.
Ice and freezing rain are the most hazardous conditions, with glare ice possibly being the most dangerous.
Driving defensively is always important, but it becomes critical during challenging weather conditions. Remember to: Plan ahead, Slow down, Watch for other motorists and Find a safe place to park and if necessary.