One of the factors that you cannot control when it comes to driving is the weather. The odds that you will be involved in a serious accident go up incrementally as the weather gets worse.
There are several factors at play when it comes to driving in bad weather. In some cases, you have control over how these factors will affect your driving. But there are situations where you have to be on your guard because you will have no control over the effects that weather can have on driving conditions for you and the drivers around you.
The most immediate effect of bad weather is the way in which it can impede your visibility. Insurance companies and lawyers will strongly suggest that you have your windshield wipers replaced at least once a year to make sure that they can keep your windshield clear. But even good windshield wipers cannot help in fog or snow driving conditions. Your visibility affects the way you react to situations. That is why you must always maintain your focus and your concentration on the road when driving in bad weather.
The unseen factor when driving in bad weather is the way in which the conditions affect your traction on the road. A snow storm does not only offer challenges in terms of visibility, but the snow and ice also affect traction and reduce your ability to maintain a safe course while on the road. Rain can also be dangerous to traction as it can create a hydroplaning situation where your vehicle completely loses control and starts to drift to one side or the other.
A good tire tread on your vehicle affects how well you can drive in bad weather. All-season tires with good tread on them are essential in rain and winter tires for snow or ice driving conditions. Your ability to stop or maintain control in bad weather is dependent on how good your tires are and whether or not you are driving at a safe speed for the conditions. If your tires have very little tread and you are driving too fast, then you are a driver looking for an accident.
To this point, there are personal driving factors which you have control over when driving in bad weather. You can maintain a safe speed, focus on the road and be certain that your car has the proper upkeep it needs to be safe in bad weather. But for all that you can do to make your driving safer on the roads; there is nothing you can do about other drivers that do not take those same precautions.
When you drive in bad weather, you are at the mercy of bad drivers. A driver that goes too slow in bad weather can be a rear-end collision waiting to happen. In most cases, you would be to blame for the collision, so it is in your best interest to keep a sharp eye out for slow drivers in bad weather.
Drivers who are reckless in bad weather are a menace to themselves and others on the road. Watch for reckless drivers and try to put as much space between yourself and their vehicle as you can. Allow drivers that go too fast in bad weather to pass you to give yourself a chance at avoiding the accident that the reckless driver is destined to cause.