As a Georgia driver, you know how hectic the roadways can be in this state. Bad weather only adds to the potential for an accident.
Even if you are a safe driver under normal circumstances, inclement conditions create unique problems that require you to use additional caution. Here is how severe weather can put you at risk on the road.
Snow and ice
Because most Georgia rarely sees snow and ice, these conditions are particularly dangerous. Even just an inch of snow poses a serious threat to drivers, who are often unprepared and inexperienced with winter weather. If possible, avoid driving altogether if you are not comfortable with either ice or snow. However, if you must, drive slowly and stay alert.
When it is raining, you may have trouble seeing clearly while driving. Make sure to use your headlights. You should also regularly change your windshield wipers to ensure that they work as they should when you need them.
Even a drizzle can make the roads slippery and increase the likelihood that you lose control of your vehicle. Slow down when driving in the rain and stick to the middle lanes. Water can pool on the edges of the road.
When fog prevents you from seeing what is ahead on the road, you may want to use your brightest headlights. However, light can bounce off the moisture in the air, making it harder for you to see. Instead, turn on your low beams or fog lights.
If you find yourself in a collision, document the scene, seek medical attention and file a police report. You may need this evidence later if you want to seek compensation.