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Stay Safe in Bad Weather

Bad Weather Driving Secrets

Being caught in bad weather while driving can be a frightening experience. We all know the basics to avoiding disaster, but here are some tips you may not be aware of:

Heavy Rain

  • Driving through flooded areas can be dangerous and also cause permanent electrical damage to your car. It’s best to stay towards the middle lanes as water tends to accumulate on the outside areas.
  • If you find yourself in a skid, ease your foot off the gas and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
  • If your windshield wipers can’t handle the flow of water, it might be time to pull over, turn your emergency flashers on, and wait out the storm.


Snow and Ice

  • The most important tip to driving in snow is to have good tire tread. You’ll stop and start quicker and dramatically reduce hydroplaning.
  • Fill the windshield washer tank with freeze-resistant solution.
  • Watch out for black ice as it’s extra slippery. It can form on asphalt when there’s a sudden drop in air temperature, and on bridges or overpasses.

Sources: CarMax service technicians, The Michelin Winter Driving Academy, Seattle Department of Transportation


  • Fog can create a visual illusion of moving slowly when you may actually be going too fast.
  • Open your windows and lower the radio so you can hear traffic all around you.
  • Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide and don’t pass lines of traffic unless you have to.

Source: The Weather Channel

Dust Storms

  • It’s a good idea to simply avoid driving into or through a dust storm.
  • Don’t wait until you can’t see in front of you to safely pull off the road -- do it as soon as possible. Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including emergency flashers while pulled over to reduce the possibility of a rear-end collision. Keep your seatbelt on and wait for the storm to pass before returning to the road.

Source: Arizona Department of Transportation

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