The term “bad weather” is generally defined as an atmospheric weather condition that is unsuitable for most outdoor activities.
While most inclement weather consists of high winds, snow, sleet or rain, it can also include a combination of those types of conditions. As a result, many motorists are left having to drive in such weather in order to reach their destination safely.
In fact, with more than 1,200 motorists being injured each day on the roads throughout the U.S, and millions more using those roads every day, the chances of being caught in bad weather conditions while driving, is considerable.
Common Types Of Bad Weather
While bad weather can strike at almost any time, there are some common categories of bad weather that most drivers in Georgia can expect to experience during their time behind the wheel.
Some of these include:
As with any potentially serious situation, it’s important to remember to stay calm, stay alert and to use defensive driving techniques at all times.
Driving in bad conditions can have an immediate effect on the motorists ability to handle their vehicle. High winds, pools of water, pot-holed roads and other factors can all cause a driver to lose control.
Some useful tips for driving in band weather can include:
Turn on your headlights and set them to their “low beam” setting – by using this setting, other drivers will be able to better see your vehicle in the conditions. This is especially important in foggy conditions, as if “high beam” lights are used in fog, the dense air will often reflect that light back to the driver, instead of projecting through the cloud cover.
Slow down – reducing speed during bad weather can help give motorists some extra time to react to an unexpected road hazard or the movements of another vehicle.
Create a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front of you – this helps to give the driver a longer distance to slow down in the event of an emergency stop.
Brake slowly and steadily – this is especially important in hard rain and other wet conditions. Any sharp stopping movements can cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle.
Try not to change lanes – by keeping a steady speed and not zig-zagging in and out of traffic, you can help to avoid “cutting in” on another driver unexpectedly.
Drive defensively – by staying alert and aware of your surroundings, a driver is often able to react to an unexpected situation quickly and safely.
With most Savannah families having at least one vehicle in their household, the roads of our city can often become congested with traffic. In the event of an unexpected storm, that volume of traffic can often create traffic chaos.
By staying calm and collected, Savannah drivers can help to ensure that they reach their destination safely and in good time.