Driving Safely in Texas Weather

If you live in Texas, you’ve probably know about the crazy and unpredictable weather the Lone Star State is known for. One day it’s a cozy, warm Summer-esque day outside, while the next it can be hailing with strong winds the next. Down here, the seasons have no set date. Because of the crazy weather, we believe everyone should know how to drive in these conditions. Today we’ll be giving simple tips to driving in adverse weather, so that you won’t end up with a flat, and needing a tow!

You’ll also want to increase your following distance if there is another car in front of you. If the roads are slippery or icy, one hard brake can cause you to lose control of your car, which can in turn cause a wreck. Just play it safe and stay 3 cars length’s away from the car in front of you.

Make sure to slow down in general. Braking safely will take longer on slippery roads, so the slower you go, the easier it will be for you to stay in control and stop your vehicle when needed. In addition to this, keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.

If you’re on snowy or icy roads:

Beware of black ice, which is almost impossible to see, but extremely dangerous. Usually formed in areas that trap cold or are hidden from the sun. Make sure to slow down a couple of hundred feet before stop signs and lights.

If your car begins skidding, stay calm, take your foot off the brake and the gas, and turn the car in the direction the car is skidding. This will cancel out the skid, the car will correct itself, then begin driving straight. As a last resort, and if safe, leave the road and drive the car into a snow bank.

In foggy conditions:

Turn on your fog lights. They are usually found on the same lever that controls the turn signal, but if you can’t find them, your low lights will work. Fog lights are yellow, which cuts through fog better than white lamps do, and they’re low to the ground so the beams illuminate the road well.

Pumping your brakes before you enter a fog bank can alert drivers behind you to stay far behind. If you wait to brake until you’re in the thick of it, they might see you too late!

In rainy weather:

Turn around, don’t drown. Avoid flooded areas since it will be difficult to gauge the water’s depth and speed. If enough water gets into the air-intake valve or the engine, the car will likely shut off.

Before you leave anywhere, make sure your car is well-prepared for the conditions. Be sure to check your battery, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, windshield wipers, headlights, tires. You should also carry a medical emergency kit and tools such as jumper cables and a jack. If you ever find yourself in a situation in which you need aExa in central Texas, no matter the weather, Will Tow will be there for you. Give us a call at 512 – 738 – 5748 to discuss prices!

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