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Bad Weather Crashes: Plan Ahead

Life can’t always stop just because the weather is bad. It’s important to practice safe driving techniques to avoid crashes when facing extreme weather conditions. Heavy rains, wind, fog, and sleet are common in California, so it’s best to prepare in advance. Here are some tips for driving in dangerous conditions:

Be Prepared. Driving in bad weather can be a very stressful experience. It’s important that you’re prepared in every way possible. This could mean planning your route ahead of time so you can be aware of any highly trafficked areas to avoid, leaving early to avoid unnecessary speeding, or even having alternate routes in case of any road blockages.

Make Sure Your Equipment is Working Properly. It’s important to ensure that your equipment is in the best possible conditions when driving in bad weather. During the winter months, get your tires and brakes checked more frequently than you would in warmer times of the year. This will help when driving in ice, sleet, and snow. Dirty headlights and bad windshield wipers can significantly reduce visibility, especially in harsh conditions. Lastly, if you happen to be driving in icier conditions, be sure to clear your windshield and mirrors if any ice to be sure of full vision when on the road.

Drive Slowly. Consider driving slower than usual when traveling in poor weather conditions to decrease the chance of skids and accidents. Try listening to the radio to help reduce your speed. Tune in to a station that offers road condition information and keep it at a low volume, so it doesn’t break your concentration. Stay as focused as possible.

Pull Over if You Need to. Don’t be afraid to pull over and wait it out if you need to. Pull over, whether you are tired, can’t see, or simply don’t feel comfortable. The time lost will certainly be a better outcome than getting into an accident. If you are driving in heavy rain or lots of snow, be sure to pull over in a safe environment and not a snowbank or deep puddle.

We may not be able to control bad weather, but we can control our driving. When traveling in harsh weather conditions, it’s important to remember your safety tips and avoid speeding to ensure staying as safe as possible.

If you’ve been in a bad weather car accident, we are here to help. Many other people have been in a similar situation and got the help they needed.

Contact the skilled team at Vahdat & Associates today to discuss the details of your case by calling (888) 523-1698 or by filling out the online contact form.