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6 Tips For Traveling In your Car During Bad Weather

By Edited May 19, 2015 0 0

1.  Potholes

Potholes are something that occur yearly with the bad weather. This is especially true in   some of the Northern parts of the United States.    Because salt used  to melt   ice during this bad weather, it usually results in many potholes.   If you travel a regular route to work or school  you know where the large potholes might exist.  When you are traveling a different route, you are doing so at your own risk.   You never know where a pothole might occur.    Potholes can cause  havoc on your tires.  I remember having a tire destroyed from a pot hole 1 week after purchasing my new car. To my surprise this was not covered under warranty.    This was not a pleasant experience.

2.  Air Pressure

You definitely want to check the air pressure and be sure that your tires are properly inflated.  Speed limits exists for a reason.   Even though the speed limit might be 45 or 55 miles per hour, if conditions are slippery and  icy, you need to slow down.  It might be better to get there safely than to not get there at all because of bad  judgment.

3.  Black Ice

Black ice is nothing to play with.   When you hear the weatherman say watch out for black ice, beware.   Black ice is not  visible  to the naked eye of a driver.   According to wikipedia.com   "It is almost transparent, allowing black asphalt/macadam roadways that are  seen through it, hence the term “black ice.”    I often wondered why the name black ice.  Black ice is no joke.  I remember traveling from Ohio.  It stormed that night.   I was on the highway traveling about 20 miles per hour.  The weather was almost like a blizzard.  I road over  some black ice.  My car just turned around in the middle of the highway for a few seconds.  Luckily no other cars were coming.   Had I been going faster than that I suspect I might have landed in the ditch.

4.  Space Between Vehicles

When weather is bad you want to remember not to travel to close behind another vehicle, because even though  you might be able to stop suddenly if needed,  another vehicle traveling right behind you may not have ample time to stop.  This  could result in a several car collision. 

5.  Where To Pull Over

Try not to pull over on the road when the weather is bad and visibility is not good, because another vehicle just might not see you and run into you.  If you need to stop try to stop after pulling off the exit to a gas station or a rest areas.

6.  Supplies

Sometimes you might want to keep flares, a flashlight, a blanket,  some gravel or newspaper in the trunk of your car, in the event you get stuck in an icy area.  The gravel or newspaper can help give some traction to your tires.

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