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Bad weather driving tips to stay safe on the roads

Along with cooler temperatures, the fall and winter months bring other weather changes that can make the roadways more dangerous. One of the reasons why the roads become more dangerous in wet or icy weather is that many drivers do not adjust their driving technique accordingly.

For example, when the streets are wet, cars and trucks need more time to come to a stop. When drivers travel at speeds that are unsafe for the weather conditions, it is much more difficult to stop the vehicle in time.

While the best option is to simply not drive when the weather is bad, this is usually not a realistic choice. Since you cannot simply bring your life to a halt when the weather is less than perfect, here are some safety tips to remember when you drive in these conditions.

Snow

Driving in snow can be extremely dangerous, especially when a light snowfall turns into a blizzard. Visibility can be limited so much that you may barely be able to see through your windshield. Even when the snow is not actively falling, accumulated snow can still cause a problem with motorists. Take it slowly when driving in these conditions and keep an emergency bag in your car in case you find yourself stranded.

Ice

Some of the worst accidents happen when the roads are coated in ice. It is often difficult to see the ice due to its transparency ("black ice" can be the worst culprit). When the roads are icy you should consider how much you actually need to drive somewhere. If you find yourself on icy roads, be sure to take your time so that you do not lose control of your vehicle.

Rain

Just like ice, rain can make the roads slick. Also, falling rain will limit visibility, maybe so much so that you cannot see the car a few feet in front of you. Low visibility and wet roads can easily lead to a car accident if drivers are not careful.

When the rain mixes with other substance on the street, like oil and gas, it can create a layer of liquid that can keep tires from gaining sufficient traction. If cars are going too fast in these conditions, it becomes very easy to fishtail, slide or lose complete control.

When it comes to bad weather, the most important thing you can do when behind the wheel is to take your time. However, even if you are practicing safe driving techniques in inclement weather, that does not mean that other motorists are doing the same. If you have suffered an injury due to a car accident with a negligent driver, you might be able to file a claim for the damages and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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