Safety Driving Tips for Inclement Weather

Safety is one of our priorities.  The following are a few important safety tips for bad weather driving.

 

#1 Be Prepared

You must be ready for whatever you may encounter. Be attentive. But how many of us jump in our vehicle when the weather looks nice and end up in a heavy rain or slippery road?
We suggest to bring the following at all times in case there is a bad weather.

  •     Proper clothing (loose layers of clothing, extra gloves, rain gear)
  •     A flashlight in the glove box and extra battery
  •     A blanket, food and water
  •     A windshield washer fluid
  •     A windshield scraper
  •     Jumper cables
  •     Tire chains or traction mats
  •     Have at least half tank of gas at all times
  •     Plan long trips carefully—what weather conditions may you encounter?

#2 Complete a Pre-Trip Inspection or do the checklist type approach

Professional drivers are required to inspect their vehicles before every trip. We do a visual, hands-on inspection and check all important items, including tires, wiper blades and fluid and lights. Check your vehicle often. Be sure to have a mechanic check it at the beginning of the rainy season.  Check your spare regularly.

 

#3 Slow down or Take your time –“BE PATIENT”

Many accidents occur because drivers are going too fast for road conditions. A slower speed gives you more time to react if something occurs. Extra patience and care for other drivers can help a lot.

 

#4 Give yourself extra space – “Keep your Distance”

Allow for more room between yourself and other vehicles. You should always have enough space and time to move out of harm's way.  Do not rush or drive so close to the vehicle in front of you.

 

#5 Hold your steering wheel firmly –“FOCUS”

Sudden, sharp moves can quickly cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Keep your vehicle steady through ruts in the road, heavy wind and slippery road.

 

#6 Brake and accelerate lightly

Try not to do anything forcefully in bad weather. When you need to slow down quickly in slippery conditions, try lightly pumping your brakes. This reduces your chance of locking your tires and spinning out of control.
If your vehicle has an anti-locking braking system (ABS), you should press and hold the brake down as far as possible in an emergency. The ABS prevents the wheels from locking, enabling you to steer around obstacles.

 

#7 DO NOT TEXT or use your Cellphone while driving

Do not use your cell phone or text someone while driving.  Stop and text or call someone.   A lot of people are getting into accidents because of texting and for not paying attention to the road.

 

#8 Use extra caution when approaching bridges

Be extra careful when approaching bridges.

 

#9 Obey Posted Rules or Warning Signs

Obey posted rules. Tire chains may be required for certain routes.  Read the warning signs and be prepared.

 

#10 If stranded or stuck, stay in your vehicle – “ DO NOT PANIC”

If you get stuck in a heavy rain or wind and you can't see a close place to seek assistance, stay put! It's easy to get confused in a bad storm, and you may get lost.
This is a time to use those supplies mentioned in tip #1. You should also keep moving to stay warm. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, keep the exhaust pipe clear of dusty debris, and open a downwind window slightly for ventilation. Run your engine for only 10 minutes each hour.

 

#11 If conditions look bad, get off the road – “ Keep Informed on the weather update”

Don't push your luck. Use your best judgment. Listen to weather reports and warnings and react appropriately. This tip can help you avoid having to use tip #11.

 

#12 Be Vigilant on your surroundings!

Have a safe Driving!