Bad weather can be hazardous even if you are a safe driver. Like other motorists, you might underestimate the dangers of inclement conditions and fail to take the necessary precautions to mitigate the risk of a collision.
Here is what you need to know to help protect yourself and your passengers on the road in bad weather.
Use the correct lights
Precipitation of all types can make it difficult for you to detect cars and other hazards on the road. It can also prevent fellow motorists from seeing you. Make sure to use your headlights in poor weather. In fog, though, you should avoid using your bright lights, which can reflect off moisture in the air and make it even harder to see. Opt for your low beams or fog lights instead.
Slick streets and reduced visibility make speeding especially dangerous. Even the speed limit may be too fast for certain weather. Use caution and slow down to prevent yourself from losing control of your vehicle or hitting another car.
Plan ahead of time
Before making a trip in inclement conditions, plan your route ahead of time. Check local news and social media for reports of road closings or particularly dangerous hazards.
Though not always possible, try to avoid driving in severe weather altogether. Wait until rain or sleet passes, or save your errand for another day. If you do have to venture out, make sure to follow all traffic laws and use additional caution to ensure you arrive safely at your destination.