Day 171: Driving In Inclement Weather: Practice

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Staying safe also involves knowing what the best practices for   driving your car. The cardinal rule of driving in inclement weather is to slow down. This applies for both rain and snow. The faster you are going, the harder it will be to stop suddenly, which can increase your risk of accidents.

If you are caught in a spin where you are losing control of the car, instead of slamming on the brakes, it is usually advisable to tap the brakes several times in succession. This, however, may vary depending on the kind of brake system that your vehicle is equipped with, such as anti-lock brakes. Be sure to read your instruction manual to find out what is the best practice for your car.

You may also want to try to turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction of the slide that you’re going in. This all also can be dangerous as it can cause you to over correct, which might bring you off the road or send you into oncoming traffic. Instead, turn the wheel in the direction of the spin and this will help you regain control of your vehicle.

Above all, make sure that everyone is always wearing their seatbelts and are properly secured in car seats, especially in times of implement weather. A little bit of prevention and common sense and help you avoid much heartache and damage, especially when it comes to your most precious passengers.

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