Driving Safely in Bad Weather
It’s always much nicer to go for a drive when the weather is sunny and clear. When it’s raining and snowing or there is fog or ice around, things get trickier behind the wheel. It’s much harder to see what’s in front of you. The roads become slippery and unsafe. Car accidents become more common.
It’s advised that you stay home in bad weather, if possible. However, if you absolutely just drive in inclement weather, you need to be prepared. Here are some tips you should follow so you can get to your destination safely.
If you travel during a rainstorm or other serious weather event, plan ahead. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Don’t be in a hurry. This will just make you stressed out, which can affect your driving. Drive slowly so you don’t skid and cause an accident. You may even want to consider an alternate route if the conditions will be better.
Leave Extra Room
You definitely want to avoid tailgating in these situations. Leave more room than usual, especially if you are traveling in rain, snow or ice. If you have to brake, it will take you longer to slow down and you don’t want to cause a rear-end crash.
Make Sure Your Vehicle is in Working Order
Check your vehicle before you go out in inclement weather. Make sure your wiper blades are not broken. Your headlights should be clean, as dirty ones can make it harder to see. Your tires and brakes should also be checked. Consider replacing them in the winter, when you’ll need them to be in tiptop shape so you can stay on the road.
Wear a Seatbelt
If you do get in a wreck, you’re more likely to survive if you’re wearing a seatbelt. Not only is it the law, but it’s the safe thing to do. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing one. Kids should be secure in their car seats.
Pull Over if Necessary
If the snow is getting too heavy, the fog is getting worse or the rain is coming down in buckets and you can’t see too far in front of you, it may be a good idea to pull over. Don’t risk trying to make it through huge puddles or slide through ice to get your destination. You won’t get there on time, but it’s much better to pull over and wait it out rather than get in an accident and possibly get injured.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Bad weather can easily cause an accident, especially for inexperienced drivers. If you must drive in rain, snow, hail, fog or other extreme conditions, be prepared.
If you have been injured in a car crash, no matter the reason, seek hell from the Houston auto accident lawyers at The West Law Office, PLLC. We can assess your case, determine liability and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today. Call 281-347-3247 or fill out the online form.