Dealing with the elements while driving can be an dangerous if you are not an experienced defensive driver. Whether it is rain, snow, wind, fog or a very sunny day, the best thing to do is to avoid driving in bad weather. If it is absolutely necessary that you need to go or you are already on the road, then by following these driving tips, you can become a better defensive driver in inclement weather.
Driving Tips To Safely Travel During Inclement Weather
01. Be sure to keep your headlights on! Some states require you to keep the headlights on if your windshield wipers are on as well.
02. Keep a safe following distance, do not tailgate anyone and try to be at least 2 feet away from the car in front of you. It is better to keep away from the other vehicle so that if you cannot brake fast enough, you won’t be hitting the person in front of you.
03. Speeding is not necessary, and slow down! It takes a bit longer to brake on a slippery road and slowing down will allow yourself to maintain control over your vehicle.
04. It is always safe to keep your car prepared for different kinds of weather conditions. Check all the necessary fluids and parts that help keep you safe during inclement weather.
05. Always scan for potential traffic hazards, and be sure to use extra caution when crossing an intersection.
06. Keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times!
07. Put together a car emergency kit just in case you get stranded or something happens to your car. If you do get stranded, stay with your vehicle and call for assistance.
08. If you get into a slick part of the road and your car starts to glide or hydroplane, do not panic or slam your brakes. Firmly grip the steering wheel, let go of the accelerator, and let your vehicle coast. If you feel like you gained traction then turn your steering wheel.
09. Keep your windows clear and do not start driving until they are defrosted or cleaned.
10. Avoid using your cell phone at all times while on the road! This is the most important because you need to keep your full attention on the road.
By following these driving tips, your driving skills will improve in any weather condition. For more information about driving safety, and how you can become a safer and more defensive driver, visit our online defensive driving course today!
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