Waking up to gray skies and inclement weather can put a damper on your day not to mention a dent in your car.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), 24 percent of all automobile accidents about 1.15 million prove weather-related. Weather-related incidents kill approximately 7,400 and injure 673,000 people each year.
Some vehicle manufacturers now install safety measures in their vehicles to improve safety in inclement weather. For example, the Porsche Cayman and Cayman S both possess a dynamic wiper system with optional rain sensors, which activate the wipers when the car detects rain. Strong tire traction and mud guards offer stability, while the Porsche Stability Management System reins back the car when it senses that the driver has lost control.
No matter their vehicle, drivers can take steps to improve their safety in poor weather. Here are some tips for drivers who need to travel safely in inclement conditions:
Slow down. Inclement conditions mean slippery roads and longer stopping distances. When planning to drive, leave earlier than normal to accommodate a longer travel time. If you are running late, do not speed. Drive at the speed limit or lower, depending on the road conditions.
In a thick fog, drive with your lights on low beam. Water droplets reflect light, so putting on your high beams will reduce your ability to see the road. Never drive with just your fog lights.
On inclement days, drive in the tire prints of the car ahead of you. The car ahead of you has displaced the water or snow on the roads, so traveling in its wake can help you avoid hydroplaning.
Never drive through standing water. Reflections on the surface can make floods look deceptively shallow. If the water on the road forms more than puddles, turn around and find another route.