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Traffic Safety

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Driving During Different Weather Conditions

Different weather conditions present different hazards, and it is important to always assess your situation and adapt your driving
accordingly. Before you ever get into your car, you need to be aware of the current or forecasted weather and what it will do to
your drive. When you're prepared for any situation you can drive safely and reach your destination in one piece.

If it is possible, simply avoid driving in bad weather conditions. If you must brave the storm, though, there are some important
things to keep in mind to minimize the dangers in different weather.


Rain can obscure visibility and reduce traction on the pavement. If you are caught out in a rain storm
even a small one, you should reduce your speed and distance yourself from the vehicle ahead of you.
Remember that if it is raining hard enough to turn on your wipers then it's raining hard enough to
turn on your lights. You should also change your windshield wipers periodically so they will work
effectively whenever it rains, and always make sure the tires are properly inflated and have good tread.


When a fog rolls in, turn on your lights on low beams. High beams only highlight the fog in front of you.
They won't actually extend your visibility. In fact, it will probably make it worse. It is also important to
make sure all your lights are always in working order, because if one light is out, your visibility will be
impaired even more and other vehicles may not see you in time.

Autumn Leaves

Leaf-covered areas can present a hazard for drivers - especially when they get wet. Leaves can
reduce traction while you drive, it's important to be cautious even on a nice, autumn day. Leaves
can also conceal other road hazards, from potholes to icy patches so approach them with caution.

Sunny Days

Sunny, summer days mean you're more likely to run into construction zones, but there are some
other precautions you should take to stay safe. The sun can often cast a distracting glare off other
cars, and in the morning or evening you could be driving straight into the blinding light. All of this
can disrupt your visibility, so you should always keep a pair of sunglasses in the vehicle and use the
visor when necessary. Sunrise and sunset times change through the year too, so new glare problems
might arise during different seasons.

Winter Storms

Snow, slush, and hail present some of the most dangerous weather conditions on the road. Visibility
can be reduced to almost nothing, roads are covered with ice, water, or slush and other cars could
slide into you at any time. If you can't avoid driving in the snow, reduce your speed and maintain a
solid distance between you and the car ahead of you. If you find yourself behind a snowplow, you
may be more confident about the road conditions, but this can reduce your visibility even more.
Don't let the idea of four-wheel drive make you overconfident. It provides no additional safety for
breaking or turning. Always break slowly, pull out carefully at intersections, and avoid making any
sudden changes while you are driving. Remember there are a lot of other people on the road, and
your actions could affect them as easily as they do you.