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This video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety opens our review of driving in bad weather:


CREDIT: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driving in Bad Weather

Let’s give a little more attention to three of the most dangerous conditions…

FOG
Drivers, particularly in rural areas, often encounter fog. While we would recommend staying off the roadways until the fog lifts, if you must drive in fog, this video can help you learn to be a safer driver in “the soup.”


CREDIT: Ford Extreme Weather Driving Tips, How to Drive in Dense Fog

SNOW AND ICE
Sometimes, there’s only one way to get where you’re going: through a snowstorm. When your destination is a ski mountain, winter driving skills are especially critical. We asked the experts from Colorado’s driver safety program, the MasterDrive Experience, for their advice on driving in winter conditions. The first thing to remember, says MasterDrive’s vice president of training, Mark Stolberg, is that a burly four-wheel-drive vehicle doesn’t necessarily keep you safer on gnarly roads, especially in the high country. “It’s like giving someone the best skis on the market,” Stohlberg says. “It’s not going to make them a good skier. You have to train the driver, regardless of what the equipment is.”


CREDIT: Snow.com, Snow Going: Winter Driving Tips

RAIN

Vehicle Virgins shares eight tips to drive your car safely in the rain.


CREDIT: Vehicle Virgins, How To Drive Safely In The Rain

Let’s review that again –

1. Turn your headlights on
2. Keep traction control on
3. Check tire tread depth
4. Smooth throttle, break, and steering inputs
5. DON’T SPEED!
6. Large following distance
7. Drive in the middle lanes to avoid more puddles
8. DON’T SPEED!

SUN GLARE

CREDIT:  AAA Michigan

Sunlight can cause major problems seeing when you drive at any time of year, not just in summer. The period just after the sun rises and just before it sets are dangerous times for drivers, whether the days are long or short.

Not sure when sunrise and sunset comes in your location – you can use this website to find your times – http://www.sunrisesunset.com/usa/

When the sun is shining into your eyes as you drive, you don’t have a good view of the road due to glare. It can be impossible to get a true view of the road ahead. But you can take steps to improve your vision when the sun is out. These eight tips will help you make your trip safely, achieving hazard reduction whatever your destination.

Tip #1: Wear polarized sunglasses

Tip #2: Wash your windshield regularly

Tip #3: Add secondary visors to your sun visor

Tip #4: Avoid clutter on your dashboard

Tip #5: Replace a cracked or pitted windshield

Tip #6: Leave ample space between you and the driver ahead

Tip #7: Drive slower if you are having trouble seeing

Tip #8: Try to avoid times when glare is at its worst

CREDIT: SafetyBUILT-IN, Denver, CO