The best strategy for bad weather driving is not to drive at
all. When possible watch or listen to the news and gauge whether your destination is worth driving in the current or expected weather conditions.
If you must drive, please follow the tips below:
- Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
- Drive slower than you would in normal conditions.
- Leave extra room to stop. Remember that your car will not stop as quickly in snow, rain, ice or on wet leaves.
- If you begin to skid, ease off the brake and steer in the direction of the skid.
- In icy conditions, use extra caution on bridges and overpasses.
- If you are hydroplaning, ease off the accelerator, don’t brake or steer.
- Do not drive through flood waters.
- Avoid puddles, they can hide potholes.
- Keep your head lights on at all times.
- Do not use cruise control.
Be prepared before driving in bad weather:
- Perform routine maintenance/tune-up on your car.
- Check to make sure all lights (markers, turn signals, head/fog lights, etc.) are working.
- Inspect and replace wiper blades and top off windshield washer fluid.
- Ensure your tires are inflated properly.
- Keep your fuel tank above half full.
- It is a good idea to carry the following:
- An ice scraper
- Warm clothing with gloves and hat.
- Extra blankets
- A shovel
- Tire chains
- Tow strap
- Tool kit
- Flares or reflective triangles
- Cell phone