In the second part of our two-part series, we’ll explore three more ways to stay safe while driving in poor weather conditions.
Wet and snowy road conditions are the second most common reason accidents occur in Utah. In the first part of our two-part series, we explained a couple of ways you can decrease the chance you’re involved in an accident during poor weather. Here are three more tips:
1. Turn into a skid
When we first learn how to drive, we’re rarely taught how to avoid accidents. The reason being is we’re simply never presented with those types of incidents in real-time. Fortunately, people can take driver safety courses that specifically teach drivers how they should handle themselves in dangerous driving situations. One of these situations is skidding.
If your car begins to skid, stay calm, take your foot off the gas and brake pedals and turn into the skid. Turning away from it can cause the car to flip. By turning into the skid, you basically cancel it out and have the chance to correct the car.
2. Don’t brake while turning
Braking while turning in bad weather increases the chance your car will spin-out. Avoid this by turning lightly into the spin-out and keeping your foot off the gas and brake pedal. If you keep your foot on the gas, the car could pick up speed. If you keep your foot on the brake, the wheels stop turning and you lose even more control
3. Always keep headlights on
Many state laws require drivers to put their headlights on if the windshield wipers are on. Even if your state doesn’t require this, do it! It could save your life as well as someone else’s.
If you’ve been in an accident due to poor weather, call The Advocates. We’ll be happy to look at your case and offer you further guidance.