How can I drive more safely in bad weather?

On Behalf of The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C.

March 27, 2020

One thing that we can’t control when driving is the weather. While driving safely can greatly reduce the chance of becoming involved in an accident, the weather is something that can pose a safety threat to even the most careful of drivers.

While we don’t have any control over whether severe weather will occur, we can change the way that we react to it. By doing this, we have a better chance of protecting ourselves, our loved ones and other people on the road. The following are some of the ways that you can ensure increased safety on the road in bad weather.

Plan ahead

Weather forecasts are provided so that people can plan in accordance with the weather. If you have a big trip coming up, you should check the weather forecast a few days before. If there are expected to be hazardous weather conditions, you may want to plan your car travel around it.

Drive carefully

If you need to drive in torrential rain, snow or in a storm, you can increase your safety by driving carefully. In particular, you should make sure to decrease your speed to a reasonable level. This will help you to stop quickly if you need to, and it will also reduce the risk of skidding.

If in doubt, pull over

If you are driving and the weather starts to get worse, you should not take any chances. Instead of continuing on your journey, instead, consider pulling over when it is safe to do so. You should never continue driving if you believe that the weather is causing your journey to become dangerous.

Check your vehicle

Before getting into your vehicle during hazardous weather conditions, check that all tires and breaks are in working order. Make sure that your headlights are fully functioning and clean. Dirty headlights could make you less visible to other drivers when driving in hazardous conditions.

If you have recently been involved in an accident due to hazardous weather conditions in Illinois, make sure that fault is correctly attributed. This will help you to gain the damages that you deserve and will aid you in covering all associated expenses.