If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that it covers any and all water safety-related topics. That includes precipitation! During the colder months, we may often find ourselves behind the wheel of a car in hazardous weather conditions. For this week’s post, let’s discuss driving safely in the rain or snow.
Keep Your Eyes on the RoadWhen it comes to driving safely in the rain or snow, water is never a welcome sight. Beyond causing you to break through thin ice, torrential rain can also severely limit your field of vision. In colder weather, rain can quickly freeze to your windshield. As you can probably expect, snow and sleet can make it downright impossible to see out of the vehicle. Besides the outside elements blocking your vision, shifts in temperature can easily cause your window to fog up.
To combat these issues, here are some simple tips for driving safely in the rain or snow:
- If you are having trouble seeing, don’t risk the danger. Instead, pull over and wait out the storm. You’ll be glad you did.
- Prepare your windshield wipers for the winter. If it has been a while since you’ve changed them, or it seems like they’ve seen a bit of wear and tear, replace the blades. It’s a minor expense that could end up saving your life.
- Keep your windshield clean. It is always a good idea to clean the inside and outside of your windshield with a common household glass cleaner. Don’t only rely on windshield wiper fluid.
- That said, be sure to keep your windshield wiper fluid full! There’s nothing worse than realizing that you are running on empty. Just be careful, as it can easily freeze on your windows in cold weather and lower your visibility even further.
- Always keep a windshield scraper and a small broom in your vehicle. It can help to quickly clear the windows of a parked car.