A new year means a new start; however, it seems that the weather has got a lot of catching up to do. We might all be eager to leave our winter coats behind and hang up our scarves and gloves for another year, but it appears, for now at least – the bad weather is here to stay. Winter weather often means snowstorms, heavy rain, fog, ice and hail. Sometimes all at once! Although this weather is inconveniencing, to say the least, it also makes driving treacherous. 

While it’s natural to take your time on the roads and drive to the conditions, not everyone chooses to drive with such due care and attention. This is when accidents happen, and it’s usually you – the careful driver that has to pay the price – you can find information on small claims lawyers here, if you’re looking for representation. 

So, is there anything you can do to avoid a car crash in bad weather? Here you’ll find 5 simple tips for driving in poor conditions.

Reduce your speed

Regardless of what kind of bad weather you’re experiencing, snow, fog or heavy rain, reducing your speed is the first action you should take. If you’re still not comfortable, then reduce your speed further. In addition, if conditions are exceptionally bad then don’t be afraid to pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and wait for the bad weather to subside a little. It’s better to arrive at your destination late, then not at all.

Turn into a skid

If your car hits black ice and starts to skid, it’s natural to feel a sense of panic. Just remember to take your foot off the accelerator and the brake and turn the steering wheel in the direction the vehicle is spinning. By doing this you are essentially canceling out the skid and the car will automatically right itself. Just try to remain calm when this happens.

Be cautious of standing water

Sure it might look shallow… but can you gauge how deep it really is? Standing water across roads is dangerous for so many reasons. Not only can you and your car become stranded but even if you make it across, you could damage your car beyond repair. If you see standing water and you’re unsure of the depth then simply turn around and find another route. 

Don’t feel under pressure

When the weather is bad and you’re driving at a reduced speed, it’s only a matter of time before another driver shares their frustration. If you want to avoid a personal injury case and a car accident then try not to be intimidated or put under pressure to speed up. Continue along your way safely. If you feel the need, pull over and let them pass. 

Don’t drive at all

Is it really worth it? Can that errand wait? These are questions you should ask yourself before you head out in poor driving conditions. If you’re trying to get to work, then consider setting off earlier to give yourself more time or call your boss and let them know you won’t be driving until the bad weather has passed.