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Weather Changes Should Change how you Drive

28 Dec Blog | Comments

The weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for whatever may come your way. If you live in an area where the weather changes you should be well aware that weather changes should change how you drive.

Types of Changes


A defensive driver knows it is important to put some distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. When the weather changes it is a good idea to put even more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The extra distance can give you the necessary amount of space should you need to adjust or stop your vehicle.


We all want to get where we are going as quickly as possible. However, when the weather changes it is almost always necessary to slow down your speed. Slowing down your speed gives you the ability to stop your vehicle faster should it become necessary.

Emergency Kit

Even without a major weather change you should always have some type of emergency kit in your vehicle. The emergency kit would have things like a first aid kit, water, etc. When the weather changes dramatically you may need to add things to your kit. For example, if the temperatures drop you should add a blanket. If the temperatures increase be sure to add sunscreen and more water.

Car Maintenance

Car maintenance is important all year round, but especially if there are major weather changes in your area. It is important to make sure your tire pressure is correct, because incorrect tire pressure can lead to a tire blowout. Having windshield wipers that work properly is essential. Also, if you live in an area where the temperature drops dramatically make sure you never have less than a quarter tank of gas.

Use Hazard Lights

If while you are driving the level of visibility changes using your hazard lights can be helpful. Hazard lights help you to be more visible to the vehicles around you. This can be important for a vehicle coming up behind you who is unable, due to the visibility, to see you.

Pulling Over

If the visibility is so bad that you cannot see right in front of you it is probably safest to pull over, until the weather passes. This is only a good option if there is somewhere fairly safe to pull over. For example, a rest area would be ideal, but also under a bridge could work, so long as there is a berm.

Driving is a part of most of our daily lives. Understanding how the conditions can change dramatically and quickly is extremely important. It is also essential to be a defensive driver at all times. Being a defensive driver allows you to react to the situation calmly and in the most effective way. In order to keep you and your family safe weather changes should change how you drive.


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