With the safety technology in cars today, it's easy to forget that driving in poor weather conditions can be dangerous. The next time you head out in bad weather, keep these tips in mind:
- AWD or 4WD doesn't make you invincible. Unless you have dedicated winter or snow tires for you car, you have the same braking ability as everybody else: not much. So slow down, be smooth, and leave plenty of room between you and other cars. Even with winter tires, it's a good idea to keep your distance.
- Is it raining? Is it foggy? Is it snowing? If any of those are true, turn on your headlights. Your headlights may not help you see in these conditions, but they will help other people see you. If your car has an automatic setting for the lights, consider using that.
- In foggy weather, do not use your brights. All that will do is cause the water droplets to reflect light back in your eyes. Keep you low beams on, and if equipped, turn on your fog lights.
- If you're planning a trip during bad weather, check the weather forecast before departing. You don't want to get stuck when they close I-70 across Kansas.
- If visibility drops significantly, turn on your hazard lights. It's easier for other traffic to see these flashing lights than your tail lights.