The Federal Highway Administration reports there are over five million accidents in the United States every year. And out of those accidents, about 21% are weather-related. Driving is an essential form of transportation, and there are times when we can’t let the weather stop us from traveling. To remain safe, use our helpful guide for driving in bad weather.
- When you are driving in the rain, you will want to make sure you turn on your windshield wipers and lights so you can improve your visibility.
- Look out for standing water and make sure to slow down when you encounter it. Driving through puddles of water can make you lose control of your vehicle.
- When it starts to rain, the roads can become slippery. As such, be sure to give yourself enough room to stop in time.
- If you are on the highway, drive in the middle lane so you can avoid any water that tends to collect on the side of the road.
- Since it will be difficult to see, keep a safe distance between you and the vehicles around you when they’re visible. This way, you are prepared to stop if necessary.
- While you may instinctively use your brights, all you should turn on is your regular headlights.
- Use the lines, signs, and any lights on the road to your advantage.
Snow and Ice
- Like rain and fog, make sure you keep a good distance behind the vehicle in front of you. With snow and colder temperatures, there is an increased risk of sliding on the road.
- If you do slide on the road, start to pump your brakes. This will help improve your traction and get you to a complete stop.
- Speaking of traction, this is when the four-wheel-drive capability comes in handy. When conditions are tough, it will give you better traction on the slippery road.
- Before you take to the road, clear your car of any snow or ice that may interfere with your ability to drive. If you drive an off-road vehicle, such as a Jeep Wrangler, light covers are a great addition—you won’t have to worry about snow and ice covering your lights.
- The speed limits change when there is snow on the road, so follow the flow of traffic and don’t go too fast, as you’ll risk losing control. Additionally, go slow around corners because you can easily fishhook.
- Another thing you should be looking out for in colder temperatures is black ice. It can be hard to sport, so maintain a slower speed than usual.
Driving in bad weather can be dangerous for anyone. If you feel uncomfortable going out or the conditions are extremely severe, then don’t drive. Further, if you have a sport utility vehicle, such as a Jeep, consider investing in off-road accessories.
AM Off-Road specializes in Jeep parts and accessories, many of which offer extra support for your vehicle when the weather gets bad. Contact us to learn more about our offerings.