There are special situations when its bet to slow down!
Mother nature can deliver some challenging blows of snow, flooding and fog. Did you know at those times the speed limit and driving distance are those that are appropriate for the condition? You can be charged at fault if you are driving to fast or to close to someone and crash in these conditions.
- When driving in fog, drivers should use low beam headlights since the high beam sitting creates glare and reduces visibility.
- Drive slowly in snow and ice, watch for black ice, if you skid, turn the wheel into the skid and follow it to a stop. If you are unsure, stay put!
- Don’t attempt to drive through standing flood level water, to prevent being swept away in as little as six inches of water. In smaller puddles, hydroplaning can occur so take care and drive in the middle lane away from water pooling when possible.
- Due to overnight temperature drops, morning frost and icy spots in the road can cause road to become hazardous. Drivers should pay special attention when driving over bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on roadways where icy spots can form on the pavement. Drivers should be sure to clear their vehicles windows of frost before driving.
- Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing and unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers should keep a pair of sunglasses close by, remove clutter from sun visors, and keep their windshield clean.
- Increase your following distance in severe weather conditions, and at dusk and dawn. If you are being tailgated, let the other driver pass.
- Make sure you turn your head lights on when the sun sets.
- Road Construction zones are common, drive the new posted speed limit and allow a bit more stopping distance for sudden traffic stops.
- Move over law – if a law or first responder is in a lane and you can move over you must do so to keep our officials safe!
Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention. These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.
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