Bad Weather? Take Caution While Driving
Every year, more than one million motor vehicle accidents are caused by bad weather. It is estimated that 6,000 people are killed and close to 450,000 individuals are injured in weather-related accidents.
The vast majority of weather-related accidents are caused by wet pavement. Close to one million accidents, on average, are caused by wet pavement every year.
If the roads are wet, it is important to reduce your speed by at least 5 to 10 miles per hour. Also, standing water can be deceiving—never drive through large puddles, as they could be much deeper than you realize. If water gets into your engine, your car will probably break down.
Driving in rainy conditions is also a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. More than half a million accidents occur in rainy weather every year. Just as if a driver is on wet roads, it is important to slow down in rainy weather. Make sure your headlights are on so that other drivers are able to see you. If you drive over puddles, tap your brakes and take your foot off of the accelerator for a moment. This helps create a bit of friction and heat, which can dry the brakes if they have gotten wet.
Snow and sleet
Snow and sleet can quickly make roadways treacherous and dangerous. Close to 20 percent of all weather-related accidents are caused by snow and sleet.
If you must drive in these conditions, you need to reduce your speed by at least 10 miles per hour. As you travel over bridges, through intersections, and around large buildings, watch out for black ice. Black ice is common in these areas. To prevent skidding, tap your brakes while turning—do not brake too hard. If you do begin skidding, turn into the skid, not against it. If you are skidding to the right, then turn your wheel to the right. This move will cancel the skidding out and will allow your vehicle to correct itself.
Foggy weather is another common culprit of weather-related accidents. Close to 30,000 accidents are caused by fog every year.
If it is foggy while you are driving, make sure to use your fog lights or low-beam lights. These lights improve your ability to see in foggy conditions. Using bright lights is counterproductive, as they actually reduce your ability to see the road well. If you are traveling around other cars, tap your brakes a few times before you enter a dense patch of fog. Drivers behind you will be alerted of your presence. Braking in the middle of a fog patch may be too late in many situations. For similar reasons, slow down as you approach hills in case there are vehicles stopped.
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