Some drivers seem to operate their vehicles the same no matter what the external weather conditions happen to be. However, weather conditions will have a dramatic effect on a motorist’s ability to brake, turn and maintain control of their vehicles. For this reason, it’s necessary that motorists adjust their driving to reflect the current weather conditions. Not only is this the smart thing to do — it’s the law.
Here are a few weather conditions that require drivers to adjust:
Extremely cold weather conditions, sleet and snow storms: Even if it isn’t raining or windy, a cold day could result in ice on the road. Sleet and snow also bring the propensity for ice. Drivers need to slow down and be extremely careful in icy conditions every time they have to turn or brake. When snow gets bad enough, drivers will experience a complete whiteout. In these kinds of conditions, it’s best to stay at home because drivers won’t be able to see where they’re going. However, at the very least, drivers must slow down to almost a crawl in snowy conditions.
Rain and wind: When it’s raining hard enough, it will affect visibility, so drivers must slow down. Also, as water pools on the road, it brings the potential for hydroplane incidents. This is where a vehicle’s wheels float or “ski” across the water, causing the car to lose its ability to track in the same direction. If it’s windy, cars can get blown off track and swerve from side to side. The bigger the car, the more it can be blown off track.
Fog: This will ruin visibility. If it’s bad enough, drivers are advised to pull over and wait until the sun burns it away. If you can’t do that, drive slowly and with caution.
The general rule of thumb for all bad weather conditions, if you have to be on the road, is to slow down. If you or a loved one was hurt by a negligent driver who failed to adjust their driving to reflect current weather conditions, learn about your legal rights as soon as possible.