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Tips for Steering Clear of Bad Weather

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 21, 2011

Throughout the diverse terrain of Washington state, drivers may encounter any of a myriad of bad weather conditions on the highway, from fog and rain to ice and snow. However, a crucial part of preventing crashes is understanding dangers and minimizing risks. And who better to speak on that besides a former race car driver? Mac Demere, who once raced NASCAR and is now an auto journalist, recently penned a piece for the fall/ winter Geico Now offering safety techniques for drivers facing all types of treacherous conditions. Below are a few key ones.

  • In rain, never drive in the wheel rivets produced by other vehicles — rain collects in them which poses the danger for hydroplaning. In contrast, in snowy conditions using those tracks can provide traction.
  • The appropriate response to hydroplaning and black ice is the same: don’t brake. If you absolutely have to make turning adjustments, make them gingerly. Wait until you feel your tires grab the road again before you gradually apply the brakes (don’t slam on them). Read the rest »

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