Harsh weather can be just as dangerous for drivers as other negligent motorists.
Before you head out on the road, you should always be cautious about the
bad weather conditions that might be out there and posing serious hazards.
A few examples of dangerous road conditions caused by the weather:
snow will make it difficult for your tires to gain traction on the road. Cold
temperatures that cause snow can also freeze your vehicle’s gas
line, causing other dangers.
Rainfall limits driver visibility while also decreasing tire grip strength on the
road, contributing to a higher number of
car accidents when it rains.
When ice forms over asphalt, it is known as
black ice, which is virtually invisible to drivers due to its transparency and positioning
over a dark spot of ground.
Safety Tips for Driving Through Harsh Weather
Always check the
forecast before heading out if you think there will be bad weather where you are
going. When the forecast predicts extreme weather, decide if you can postpone
your trip for a few hours or a day to prioritize safety.
Be sure to always use
tire chains whenever needed. Tire chains help your tires grip the ground when it is
covered in snow.
You should replace your
windshield wipers at least once a year to ensure they will be able to effectively wipe away
rain during a rainstorm. If you live in a region where it rains often,
you may need to replace them more frequently.
Slow down whenever crossing a
bridge in cold weather. Black ice tends to form on bridges, which are colder
than surrounding areas due to their position in the open air or above water.
gas tank at least half-full at all times when driving in snowy conditions. This
practice helps prevent gas line freeze-ups.
emergency supplies in the back of your car, including at least food, water, blankets, a flashlight,
jumper cables, and a spare radio. If you become stranded in bad weather,
then your emergency kit can keep you safe while awaiting rescue, or for
the weather to turn.
friend or family member where you are going when you travel through harsh weather and when you
expect to arrive. They can assist search teams to find you in case you
become lost or stuck.
Virginia Car Accident Attorneys On Your Side
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may be difficult due to the circumstances, but it is not impossible. Let
The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC and our personal injury lawyers in Alexandria
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