When weather conditions suddenly change, the risks of car accidents can likewise substantially increase. In fact, statistics revealed that bad weather condition is responsible for around 24% of all road crashes.
The danger brought by it may be clearly seen in an Oakland County accident that ended the lives of three 14-year-old girls in January 2010.
Reports said this weather-related incident occurred while Barbara Felder, 39, was driving the teens to school.
According to authorities, Felder's vehicle suddenly spun out towards north along Joslyn Road. The vehicle was then T-boned by a pickup truck, which was moving in the opposite lane, after it slid sideways.
What Makes Bad Weather Dangerous for Drivers?
Bad weather is considered to be one of the main causes of car accidents. When drivers operate a vehicle under this circumstance, they are required to exert extra care and caution because a simple negligent action that they commit can suddenly lead to a tragic accident.
Here are two examples of problems that are caused by bad weather:
- Poor traction- Drivers may have problems staying in the proper lane when the roads are wet. In addition, it may hinder them from stopping immediately to avoid crashing into other vehicles.
- Poor visibility- Falling rain or snow can prevent drivers from seeing clearly. Their windshield can easily become dirty, thus increasing the chances that they will not be able to immediately notice the presence other road drivers and hazards.
Aside from poor weather conditions, other causes of car accidents include speeding, drunk driving, driver fatigue, and distractions.
Preventing Car Accidents Caused by Bad Weather
The most advisable thing to do when there is a bad weather condition is to stay at home and avoid driving on the roads. However, if traveling is necessary, people can avoid being involved in an accident by doing the following:
- Do not turn off your headlights.
- Check your vehicle before driving it. Make sure that its brakes, windshield, tires, and headlights are working properly.
- Be careful when approaching intersections.
- Avoid being distracted and always keep your eyes on the road.
- Avoid sudden lane changes because other drivers may be unaware of your presence.
- Avoid speeding. You will need more time in braking if you are traveling on wet and slippery roads. It will be easier for you to stop the vehicle if you drive slower.
- Be aware of other road users, especially pedestrians.
- Do not overtake other vehicles, unless doing so is necessary.