Sometimes driving in perfect weather can cause enough problems, but driving in severe weather means changing your driving. By taking extra precautions, everyone on the road can have improved safety. The first thing to remember is to slow down as the weather turns bad. As always, concentrate on the road and those around you. Being aware of the road and other drivers will help incase you need to slam on the brakes or change lanes quickly. By driving by being cautious, you will be prepared for any type of weather.
If it begins to rain, turn on the windshield wipers. Even if it starts to sprinkle, it can turn into a down pour within seconds. If the wipers do not clear the rain away from the windshield properly, then invest in a new set of wipers. These are inexpensive but a vital part of safety when driving in rain or severe weather. We can also put on a set of windshield wipers if you are unsure what size is needed. Along with the windshield wipers, make sure the headlights are on. As it rains, visibility will be compromised. Even if you are unsure, it is better to be safe than sorry. A good rule to follow is if the wipers are operating, the lights should be on. Be aware if the windows start to fog up. Turn the defroster or air conditioner on to help keep them clear.
In pouring rain, going at a slower speed is necessary. Make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This will allow more room when needing to stop or slam on the brakes. When the pavement is wet, it will cause a loss of traction when braking. This will lead to sliding or hydroplaning. Also remember to never cross flooded roadways. Even a little bit of water can sweep the vehicle away. In other cases, it will be difficult to tell how deep the water is. The best thing is to turn around, and find an alternate route. Always stay alert and aware of the weather when driving!