Bad Weather Driving Tips

icon-rain Whether you’ve been driving for years or are just getting started behind the wheel, getting from one place to another is always a challenge. And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, Mother Nature comes along and throws some snow, rain, wind or a little bit of everything your way.

  • Be prepared. Always make sure your windshield washer fluid is full and your wipers are in good condition.
  • Try to keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid a frozen fuel line.
  • Clear all snow and ice from windows and mirrors. (There are some great products on the market that cover your windshield – one in particular is Frost Guard. This will save you the time of scraping snow and ice off the windshield.)
  • When you run into bad weather, reduce your speed.
  • Bridges, overpasses and other structures can get icy before the roads do, so use extra care when crossing them.
  • Increase the space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This gives you more time to react in an emergency. (During regular driving conditions, you should have at least one car length for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling between you and the vehicle in front of you.)
  • Never lock your brakes on an icy road.
  • If you start to skid, turn into the direction of the skid.
  • Driving in bad weather can be stressful. Stop and take a break every hour or so.
  • Stay alert and drive carefully.
  • Always buckle up. It’s the law!