While the best thing to do when hazardous conditions present themselves is to stay home, sometimes that’s not always an option. When snow, heavy rain, thick fog, or other elements make driving difficult, take these tips to help keep yourself safe in hazardous driving conditions.
One of the best things you can do to fight of hazardous driving conditions is to fight them off before they get here! Be prepared! Keep a first aid kit in your car for emergencies. Things like a large towel, cloth bandages, cotton swabs, bandages, antibacterial ointment, pain reliever, and a CPR guide are useful items to keep on hand in case of an accident that causes injury.
Bring blankets and rain gain when traveling in colder wetter conditions to stay warm and dry in case you get stranded.
With extreme heat, make sure you have plenty of water to drink. You never know if the AC might fail on you!
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Storms can bring high wind and down trees or power lines. Pay close attention to what is going on around you. If it starts to get too bad, pull over in a safe place and ride it out.
Use common sense! Slow down, take your time, and leave more travel time to reach your destination. Again, if conditions get so bad that your visibility is too low and you can only see a short distance in front of your car, then find a safe area to pull off the road and wait out the storm.
Test the Conditions
Find a safe place on the road with no oncoming traffic and no traffic behind you and test the conditions. Try to brake quickly and controlled to see how much time it takes to stop. This will give you some practice in the conditions and also give you a feel for how far back you need to be from the cars in front of you to avoid a collision.
Practice Safe Speeds and Following Distance
Slow down and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. There are a lot of unknowns that can happen and these unknowns are heightened when hazardous conditions are present. Back off, slow down, and stay safe, you’ll be glad you did!