Accidents are an unfortunate reality of a driver’s life and can exponentially increase when inclement weather appears. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 22 percent of all accidents are weather-related. That’s over one million accidents each year! Read over these tips and tricks to stay safe while on the road:
- Slow down: Slow down and pay extra attention to those around you. Stay in your lane, and give yourself extra space. Accelerate and decelerate slowly, and try to avoid coming to full or sudden stops.
- Reduce distractions: Try to remove as much noise as possible by turning the radio off, ending phone calls, and putting your GPS on silent. Put away any food or drink that would require you taking either hand off the steering wheel.
- Watch other drivers: While you may drive safely, others may not. If a driver is tailgating you or driving erratically, move away from the driver. Move away from cars that change lanes without signaling, are not using headlights or other precautions, or accelerate or decelerate quickly.
- Be cautious: When driving, keep a close eye out for potential problems. Watch out for black ice, and approach bridges slowly. Obey all road signs, permanent or otherwise. Get off the road if conditions become too bad and remain in your vehicle until it is safe to drive.
- Stay calm: If your car begins to skid or hydroplane, do not panic. Try to steer straight and look for an open space to drive toward—do not brake or accelerate. If other cars begin to skid or hydroplane, try to avoid them and provide as much space as possible.
- Use common sense: Before driving, clear ice and snow from the vehicle. Use the windshield wipers, headlights, and fog lamps while driving. High-beams can also be used in emergencies, but be aware that other drivers’ visibility could be impacted.
- Perform regular vehicle maintenance: Make sure to have your vehicle inspected annually. Regularly replace windshield wipers, clean headlight covers, and check your tires. Keep an emergency kit, spare tire, and small tool kit in your car for extra security.
Though you can’t avoid driving in inclement weather entirely, you can stay safe by using these tips when it begins to rain or snow. If you or someone you know is involved in an accident, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.