There’s no season when we don’t get out on the road in our vehicles, that’s why it’s important to prepare for driving in any kind of weather.
You may think icy roads are the only threat when you’re driving, but many weather conditions affect road conditions. Here are some examples:
- Winter snows and slushes may look fun to play in, but could cause slick road and have ice under all the snow and sludge that make braking hard and spinouts more common.
- Spring rains mean greener plants, but they can also cause slippery roads and floods that can make it hard to stop and gain traction on the road.
- Summer heat waves seems like a great time to take more drives with the windows down, but that heat can wreak havoc on your tires because the it makes your tire air expand, causing blowouts. It’s also a time to stay vigilant for more young drivers, bicyclers and pedestrians on the roads.
- Fall means beautiful colors and falling leaves, but those leaves can cause slicker road conditions. Fog and rain start to roll back in this time of year, making roads slick, wet and visibility poor.
The best way to fight poor road conditions is to practice cautious driving on the road. Here are some tips to keep you safer, no matter the road conditions.
- Speed: Follow the speed limits, but don’t be afraid to slow down in hazardous weather conditions.
- Signals: Use your turn signals and hazards to notify other drivers of your plans, it will make it easier for them to stop and anticipate braking.
- Headlights: If the weather conditions are such that you have to use your windshield wipers, you should also make sure your headlights are on. In some states, this is the law. This can improve your visibility as well as make you more visible to other drivers. During snow or foggy conditions be sure to use your low beams.
- Space: Give other cars space when driving, following too closely is an easy way to end up with a fender bender or worse, especially when weather conditions are poor.
- Extra time: Commutes can take longer in poor weather. Allowing extra time to drive to your destination will help avoid hurried accidents or mishaps.
- Animals: Keep an eye out for critters when you drive, they are prevelant during certain times of the year and could cause accidents.