The weather can be unpredictable and can create extremely hazardous conditions on the road. These extreme conditions make driving dangerous and require special safety precautions. Your safety is important, so whether you drive on company time or personal time, observe these safety tips when driving turns difficult.
- Turn your headlights, wipers and defroster on to increase visibility.
- Drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you and reduce your speed.
- Allow increased space between your vehicle and others and leave extra time to stop.
- If you begin to hydroplane, hold the steering wheel straight and remove your foot from the gas pedal.
- If you are caught in a thunderstorm, pull off the road in an open area and away from trees (to avoid a lightning strike).
- If you are driving in a tornado, get out of your vehicle and find shelter. If there is not a building nearby, lie in a ditch and place your arms over your head.
- Always remove ice and snow from your windows, hood and headlights before departing.
- Drive with extreme caution and at slow speeds. You will need 3 to 12 times the amount of stopping distance than you need without precipitation.
- If possible, avoid bridges and overpasses since they freeze first.
- Do not brake quickly as you may spin out of control.
- If you should get stuck, straighten your steering wheel and accelerate at a slow pace.
- Slow down before you reach a patch of fog in front of you.
- Use only your low beams or fog lights and put on your defroster and windshield wipers to increase visibility.
- If the fog is extremely thick, roll down your windows to hear other vehicles around you.
- If you cannot see the road’s edge, pull off on the right and put on your emergency flashers. Do not start driving again until you can see.
And of course, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage in case the worst happens and you do have an accident. Contact Consolidated Insurance + Risk Management today for an auto insurance quote.