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Suggestions for driving safely during inclement weather

While people may be confident in their driving skills and ability to remain defensive when faced with obstacles, inclement weather, especially the kind that comes out of nowhere, can make anyone nervous. For folks who do not have the experience driving in certain weather conditions, one bad move could instantly put them and other drivers at risk of injury or even death. Because New York experiences a variety of weather types, people should prepare ahead of time for different conditions by taking the time to become educated on helpful suggestions for driving in poor weather.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 22 percent of all traffic accidents in the nation are caused by weather-related incidents. In these crashes, weather-related elements included the following:

  • Crosswinds
  • Fog
  • Snow
  • Rain 
  • Icy pavement

Through the implementation of safe driving practices and increased vigilance, drivers can reduce their chances of being involved in a weather-related accident. According to kidshealth.org, some of the most important things drivers can do include the following:

  • They should keep their lights on at all times.
  • They should slow their speeds.
  • They should not unnecessarily change lanes.
  • They should avoid all distractions.
  • They should increase the distance between them and the vehicle in front of them.
  • They should properly maintain their vehicle and make sure that it is prepared for weather conditions.

Drivers should be extra cautious when approaching an intersection. Vigilant motorists who pay attention and increase their observance of potential hazards may be able to more effectively navigate around danger before it poses a threat to their safety.

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