2Motor Vehicle Accidents Each year in this country, there are more than 41,000 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, according to the National Safety Council.There are also more than 2.4 million disabling injuries from these crashes, many of which occur during inclement weather driving conditions.
3Inclement Weather Can Include: Rain, Thunderstorms, FloodingNight DrivingFogWindstormsHailIce and Snow
4Best Advice For Driving in Bad Weather: Don’t drive at all if you can avoid it!!
6Rain, Thunderstorms, Flooding Slow down, increase following distanceEasy on the gas, brakes and steeringIf possible, avoid standing waterRun defroster to keep windows clearPull well off if you must, turn flashers onNever drive with flashers on!!
7HydroplaningNo steering, braking, or power control……..
8Rain, Thunderstorms, Flooding HydroplaningTire tread can’t scatter water fast enoughTire “floats” on a film of waterCan occur on any wet road surfaceMost dangerous time is within the first ten minutes of a light rain – oil residue mixes with the rain to create very slippery road
9If Your Vehicle Starts Hydroplaning Don’t panicDon’t slam on the brakesDo take your foot off the acceleratorDo gradually apply the brakes
10Tips To Avoid Hydroplaning Keep Tires Inflated ProperlySlow down – Stay under 35 mphStay out of outer lanes where water isDrive in tire tracks left by those in frontAvoid hard brakingDon’t make sharp or quick turns
11Unfamiliar Conditions Business travel may take you to areas with unfamiliar driving conditions.
12Snow, Hail and IceAlways carry an ice scraper – credit cards don’t work well enough.
13Snow, Hail and IceSlowing down gives you more reaction time, and makes your vehicle less likely to slide.Brake carefully. Slow down during the straight part of a road before a curve.Avoid sudden changes in speed or direction.Antilock brakes need constant, firm pressure
14Night Driving Slow down a bit – your vision is impaired Increase following distanceDim high beams if there is other traffic
15Foggy Conditions Stay to the right of the roadway Remember, Headlights OnUse only low beams to reduce reflection
16Driving in High Wind Conditions Trailers, vans, and high-profile vehicles can be dangerous to drive or be near.
17Tornados, Hurricanes Never try to outrun a tornado. Find shelter. Hurricanes give plenty of warning. Don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate if you have to.
18Distractions…Driving during great weather while eating, drinking, talking or texting is extremely dangerous.Mixing these activities with bad weather is just plain dumb – don’t risk it. You need to focus all your attention on driving.
19Be Prepared for unexpected bad weather - Keep Your Vehicle “Up to Speed” Get a tune-up. Check hoses and belts.Check the battery.Connections clean and tightSecurely mounted – holders can corrodeIf over three years old, test, replace if weakCheck the heater and defrosterImportant for keeping windshield clearCheck the rear defroster too
20Keep Your Vehicle “Up to Speed” Have brakes checked.Have an expert evaluate them for safetyCheck exhaust system for leaks.Have an expert look at this system alsoCarbon monoxide leaks can be fatalCheck fluidsWindshield washer – Front and RearOil, brake, clutch, radiator, transmission
21Keep Your Vehicle “Up to Speed” Evaluate the wiper bladesReplace when they start to harden or squeakConsider upgrading to rubber coated snow blades to handle extra weight of wet snow
22Tires Are Your Link to the Road Check All the TiresTire PressureTread Depth
23Always Carry an Emergency Kit Warning Flares or TrianglesBlankets/Emergency BlanketsGlovesFlashlight and BatteriesFirst Aid Kit and Fire ExtinguisherJumper CablesSnacks, candle, matchesRoll of Duct Tape
24Inclement Weather Driving Summary Don’t drive at all if you can avoid itMake sure your vehicle is in top repairCarry an emergency kit in the vehicle.Turn headlights onHelp maintain vehicle control by slowing down, braking and steering cautiously