Driving Safely In Hazardous Weather

August 27th, 2020 by

At Shelor Motor Mile, nothing is more important than the safety of our customers. That’s why in this week’s blog we will be going over some simple things you can do while driving in inclement weather to help keep you and your passengers safe.

  1. Prepare For Anything – Where you live will affect what kinds of hazards you need to prepare for. As a general rule, check with your local and state government to see what they recommend during extreme weather conditions. Chances are they have a guide of what to have in your car just in case. Keeping a first-aid kit in your vehicle is always a great place to start.

  1. Understand Your Vehicle – Understanding how your vehicle would react during extreme weather is very important. Some vehicles are not made for hazardous conditions and need to be driven with that in mind. That being said, there are steps and precautions you can take like making sure your tires are at the optimal PSI and that your car’s fluids are topped off.

  1. Keep Away From The Sides of Roads – Staying near the center of the road or in the center lane while traveling will give you better mobility in the case of falling debris or possible obstructions.

  1. Drive Slow – No matter what the extreme weather conditions are try to drive slower than you usually would. This will help increase your reaction time and reduce the chance of things like hydroplaning and sliding on black ice. Depending on the visibility conditions you might need to turn your hazard lights on to make sure other drivers are aware of your driving slower.

  1. Use Your Low Beams In Fog – Using low beams or fog lights in foggy conditions will help illuminate the road and reduce the chance of you blinding other drivers.

  1. Brake With Caution – Braking too quickly can cause more harm than good given certain road conditions. Every car has a different brake system, so if you have the chance to test how your vehicle’s brakes react in a controlled hazardous environment we suggest doing it. Places like large empty parking lots are great for testing how much pressure you need to apply to your brakes in different conditions.

  1. Keep Your Distance From Other Drivers – This goes along with driving slower but should also be addressed. Keeping a larger amount of distance between you and other vehicles will help reduce the chance of a collision and gives you more time to react if something out of your control happens.

  1. Tune into Local Radio and Other Media – Local radio stations and other locally-based media programming usually have emergency information for their audience. Try to find out which stations or channels near you provide the most accurate information in case of an emergency.

  1. Pull Over If Necessary – If you don’t feel safe driving and are in no immediate danger try pulling off to the side of the road until conditions get better. Make sure you have your hazards on or some form of signal to other drivers just in case your car isn’t easily visible.

  1. Signal Early – Signaling early (especially in poor weather conditions) is never a bad idea. It allows others around you to know your intentions long before you act upon them and will ease any issues of liability if something does happen.

 

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