Driving your car can seem mundane — you get in it every day and drive it every place you go–it doesn’t seem like a special act or something to strike concern.
However, did you know that getting behind the wheel of a car may be the most dangerous thing you can do? In the United States, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death.
While you can’t control how other people drive, there are some things you can do to give you control over the way you operate your vehicle, which is especially important in harsh winter weather where driving conditions become even more dangerous.
Here are 10 tips for defensive driving in bad weather:
- Never trust other drivers, whether it means second guessing a turn-signal or whether or not someone will actually stop at a “stop” sign.
- Focus. Don’t fiddle with the radio or air conditioning and certainly don’t use your phone while driving.
- Go slow. Arriving late is better than not arriving at all.
- Wear your seat belt! A seat belt can reduce your chance or injury or death in a car accident.
- Stop on red. Pay attention at stop lights and always stop at the red or yellow light if you don’t think you can make it through the light before it turns red.
- Use your blinkers. Make your lane changes obvious with your blinker signals and always signal in advance. Remember to check your blind spots before turning.
- Leave space between yourself and other motorists. Tailgating can lead to a rear-end collision, and if you rear-end someone, you will be footing the bill.
- Never drive drunk, buzzed, tired or while on a substance. Check prescription labels before driving to ensure the medication you are on will not inhibit your driving abilities.
- Slow down for rain, sleet and snow. Use chains if necessary and never assume the other drivers know how to drive safely in snow.
- Turn on your headlights. Headlights not only help you see, but can also help other drivers see you coming.
What other safe driving tips do you have for driving in harsh weather?