Driving in Dangerous Weather

Did you know that the majority of auto accidents occur in perfect weather? It would seem adverse weather makes drivers more alert and careful while they’re on the road. Still, weather changes can make driving conditions dangerous. Use these tips when driving in some of California’s more notorious weather conditions to keep you and your car safe.

Rain – Every state gets rain, but not every state gets floods like California. You will want to avoid large puddles. Water can be deeper than it looks, and you can’t see what it’s hiding while driving through it. Even shallow-looking water can hide damaging debris or potholes. Avoiding big puddles can also reduce water splashing up into your vehicle’s engine compartment, which can damage electrical systems.  It is also important to slow down.  Your stopping distance is increased on wet pavement and your vision may be obscured.

Fog – with a California summer comes California fog. First and foremost, reduce your vehicle’s speed in foggy conditions. Second, turn on your headlights and fog lights, if your vehicle is equipped with them. This won’t do much to help you navigate through the fog, but it will help other drivers see you and keep them from crashing into you. Also, avoid using high beams – they reflect off the fog right back at you, which actually decreases your visibility even further. If fog conditions get too thick, pull off the road, leave your lights on, and wait for the fog to lift.

Extreme desert heat – A long trip through one of California’s deserts can be tough on your car. Before embarking on a desert trip, make sure your car is tuned up with the correct amount of fluids. Also make sure your tires are in good condition, or they may be at risk from a blowout caused by the excessive heat. Be sure to bring extra coolant to keep your engine from over-heating.

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