The Car, The Road, and You

The Car, The Road, and You

THE ROAD

When it rains
  • Traction is reduced. Water mixes with road oils, grease and dirt to make roads slippery. Also, your risk of hydroplaning is increased with speed.
  • Visibility is often impaired. Turn on your lights. Use the defogger or air conditioner to keep windows and mirrors clear inside.
When it's foggy
  • Stay to the right of the roadway.
  • Turn on your headlights -- day or night -- to low beam.
  • If you can't see the road's edge, pull off on the right -- well out of the traffic lane -- and turn on the emergency flashers.
On ice or snow
  • Bridges and overpasses freeze first. Slow down and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction.
  • Keep windows clear of snow and ice.
  • Keep your speed steady and slow --but not too slow. In deeper snow, it's often necessary to use the car's momentum to keep moving.
  • Use brakes cautiously. Abrupt braking can cause brake lock-up, which causes you to lose steering control.
  • Antilock brakes are designed to overcome a loss of steering control. To make antilock brakes work correctly, apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal. During an emergency stop, push the brake pedal all the way to the floor, if necessary, even in wet or icy conditions.
  • If you get stuck in snow, straighten the wheels and accelerate slowly. Avoid spinning the tires. Use sand or cinders under both drive wheels.
In severe weather
  • High winds -- use extra care and consider if a trailer, van or other "high-profile" vehicle should be operated at all.
  • Hailstorms -- find shelter by driving under an overpass or bridge.
  • Severe thunderstorms -- listen to your car radio and be alert. If you spot a tornado, don't try to outrun it. Get out of the car, find shelter in a ditch or low-lying area and lie face down to protect yourself from flying debris.
  • Hurricanes -- avoid low areas and move inland while there's still plenty of time.
The Car
and YOU