Do You Practice Safe Driving in Severe Weather?
As simple as it may seem, drivers should be extra careful while driving in severe weather. It’s surprising how many drivers ignore this idea and instead focus on getting where they need to go as fast as possible, ignoring the conditions. Heavy rains and wet rains are conditions that set up drivers for terrible accidents.
However, there are several ways recommended by the police to prevent car accidents or road fatalities in the cold, windy and harsh winter months. Here are a few:
Slow Down: It spells senseless to maintain a high speed on a wet and slippery road. The most obvious thing that will happen is that the car will pick up a skid and the steering wheel locks. Police Officer, Richard McGregory said that driving slowly on a wet road makes it easier to make an emergency stop.
No Texting: Put the phone on silent while driving because it is a source of distraction. Be reminded that a reckless driver can contribute to the death of several innocent people. A phone call is not important as your life. Police Officer Wayne Byrom said that cell phones take away drivers attention from the road and increases chances of accidents.
Buckle Up: Never forget to strap up that seat belt before driving. Also, passengers should be neatly secured. Parent or adult drivers will need to check and re-check that children are properly secured in the car seats since they are least likely to respond quickly to impending danger in a car accident.
Focus on the Road: Driving in heavy rain isn’t the best time to call and chat with your friend or daydream about your dinner plans. It requires concentration. As the driver you have a responsibility to operate your vehicle in a safe and cautious manner.
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