Driving in Dangerous Weather
One of the many rights of passage to life is learning how to get behind the wheel. If you are someone that has learned all the right steps and knows every single traffic law, you still have a risk of getting in a car accident. Sometimes, these accidents aren’t the person driving at total fault but could be the weather conditions that the said person is driving in. Living in the midwest like St. Charles means that you will experience driving in all sorts of weather conditions. To be sure to keep yourself, and other drivers safe, here are some dangerous weather conditions and how to make sure you are driving as safely as you can.
Rain is one of the most common road hazards. Wherever you are in the United States, rainfall is sure to follow you. Being from the Midwest, it is pretty common to see some sort of showers in most seasons of the year. One of the biggest problems when it comes to heavy rainfall is once it hits the roads, it decreases the chances of your car breaking properly, and increases the risk of your car skidding out of control. Heavy rainfall can also be a risk to your vision since rain can cloud more of your view. If you are driving through a rainstorm, it is best to be aware of your surroundings as much as possible, and slow your speeds. If possible, try and keep a good distance away from the car in front of you as well. This is to help prevent slipping right into them if you were needing to break for anything.
Expressing strong winds can also be a driving hazard that many wouldn’t think would be. Strong winds can get as much as under your vehicle and can affect braking just as significantly as rainstorms. It is always recommended to pick a route that avoids highly exposed areas during high wind speeds. Also, take watch of cyclists on the road since they are highly exposed to strong winds.
Snow and Ice Storms.
When it comes to ice and snow, they can cover entire roads. Car accidents are more likely to occur during these times than any other. In these situations, it is recommended that you drive as slow as you can. Even if you have an SUV or even four-wheel drive, you should still be careful. Be totally aware of your surroundings and take stops if you feel as though you are driving blind. Black ice is scary as well since this is a type of ice that you can’t totally see. Taking a second off the road to wait for the storm to die down a tad rather than bracing it, could save your life.
At Auggie’s we want our drivers to be as safe as possible when out and about. If you have any questions about hazardous driving weather or are stuck in a citation in these storms where your car is stuck, give our team at Augies Towing a call today!