It’s well known that adverse weather conditions have an effect on driving by posing serious challenges in visibility, with 16 percent of crash fatalities recorded over a 10-year period having to do with weather conditions at the time. There hasn’t been much research conducted involving the prevalence of weather conditions on accidents in overall national highway safety statistics. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has released a report consisting of 23 years of national data on fatal crashes, and 19 years of police-reported crash data having to do with fog and smoke.
Adverse weather, such as fog, snow, rain, wind and smoke, results in reduced visibility for the driver that ends up impacting the driver’s stopping time in many cases. In many cases, drivers are aware that these weather conditions create hazardous driving situations, yet many fail to recognize that reduced visibility from unfavorable weather plays a significant role. Drivers must be aware of weather related road conditions. To help ensure the safety, the following tips will be helpful when encountering adverse weather conditions: reduce speed; maintain a safe distance from other cars; and don’t text or engage in other distracting behaviors.
When traveling in rain, snow, fog or windy conditions, it is more important than ever for drivers to remain aware of their surroundings and to proceed with caution. Simple precautions can help in the prevention of accidents and possibly saving a life.
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