Defensive Driving Class for Bad Weather

 

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Bad Weather Tips

Most of us love the sun and the warmth it brings, but there are times when the weather can go bad. Severe weather can include thunderstorms, high winds, hail, tornadoes, and flash flooding. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you find yourself in the middle of severe weather:

  • -If you can, avoid being outside. If you must go outside, avoid areas that are prone to flooding or where there are downed power lines.
  • -If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and wait out the storm. Do not try to drive through floodwaters.
  • -If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to listen to your local news or weather radio station for updates and instructions.
  • -If a tornado is approaching, take shelter in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level of your home. Put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
  • -If you are caught outdoors in a thunderstorm, avoid high ground, water, and metal objects. If you can, find shelter in a building.
  • -Be careful of lightning. If you can, get inside a car. If you are outdoors, crouch down low to the ground.

Severe weather can be scary, but if you stay calm and follow the instructions of your local authorities, you will be safe.

 

Heavy Rain: Defensive Driving Strategy

  • 1. Drive slowly and cautiously.
  • 2. Do not use your high beams.
  • 3. Use your windshield wipers and defrosters.
  • 4. Be aware of possible hydroplaning.
  • 5. Do not drive through flooded areas.
  • 6. Be extra cautious of pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • 7. Allow for extra following distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • 8. Be prepared to brake suddenly.
  • 9. Use extra caution when passing other vehicles.
  • 10. Watch for falling branches and other debris.

When it first starts to rain is when roads are the most slippery. The oil and dust haven't had a chance to wash away, so slow down at the first sign of precipitation.

During a heavy rain your windshield can become overloaded with water even when your wipers are working hard. If you can't see a safe distance ahead, pull off the road. Try to find a safe place to park, like a rest area of lot. If the roadside is the only option, pull over as far as you can, leave your headlights on and turn on your emergency flashers.


Inclement Weather Driving Tips

  • 1. Increase your following distance. In bad weather conditions, it takes longer to stop your vehicle, so you need to give yourself more space between you and the car in front of you.
  • 2. Slow down. This seems like a no-brainer, but it's especially important in bad weather. Speeding is one of the biggest factors in weather-related accidents.
  • 3. Use your headlights. Even if it's not raining or snowing, fog can drastically reduce visibility. Make sure your headlights are on so that other drivers can see you.
  • 4. Be extra cautious at intersections. Intersections are always dangerous, but they're even more so in bad weather. Be sure to come to a complete stop before proceeding, and look carefully in all directions before proceeding.
  • 5. Don't drive distracted. This is important in all driving situations, but it's especially important in bad weather. Stay focused on the road and don't let anything take your attention away from driving.