When you typically drive in good conditions, inclement weather can pose a major threat. You may not be familiar with the impact it can have on your driving experience. Inclement weather requires you to modify your habits on the road to ensure you get to your destination safely.
You should know what to do when facing these three types of serious weather.
1. High winds
Both gusts and sustained high speeds can make driving dangerous. Strong winds can blow objects onto the road or push vehicles around. Drive slowly to make sure you have enough time to respond to hazards. Utilize additional caution around large trucks. Do not jerk your wheel if you feel the wind pushing your vehicle and instead turn gently.
Whether it is rain, snow, sleet or hail, precipitation can affect your ability to see, as well as the state of the road itself. Use headlights and windshield wipers to improve visibility. You may need to adjust your climate control to prevent windows from fogging up.
Reduced speed can help you avoid skidding on slippery roads. You should leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles so that you can avoid a collision if you do lose control of your vehicle.
Fog consists of tiny water droplets suspended in the air that prevent you from seeing potential dangers on the road. As with other types of inclement conditions, you should slow down. You will want to use fog lights or low beams and avoid using your bright lights, which can bounce off the moisture in the air.
No matter the type of driving conditions you face, caution is key to your safety.