One must be extremely cautious when operating a motor vehicle. Adverse driving conditions can contribute to severe accidents and injuries to those operating motor vehicles. Here is a list of some of the more common hazardous road conditions that lead to motor vehicle accidents.
Driving in Inclement Weather
Often, wet surfaces caused by rain or snow tend to make the road more slippery. If you are driving too fast or braking too quickly on these roads, then this can lead you to lose control over the vehicle, causing you to swerve, spin out, or hydroplane. When you notice a change in weather conditions while on the road, you should make sure that you are traveling at a safe speed and keeping your distance from the car in front of you. Also, always make sure that you can always see through your windows. Nothing should be on the window that obstructs your vision.
Heavy Traffic Times
Unfortunately, traffic is hard to avoid, especially when you are commuting at popular driving times. If you’re caught in stop and go traffic, it’s best to keep your distance from other vehicles while controlling your speed. It’s important to stay alert because, often, drivers will start to get impatient by the traffic and will unexpectedly pull out in front of you in an attempt to get to the front of it.
Reckless drivers cause a hazardous environment for everyone around them. Reckless driving can include texting, driving while under the influence, speeding, and driving too slowly. However, anything that causes you to take your eyes off the road is considered distracting. Usually, you can point out a distracted driver on the road. If you happen to notice that someone around you is distracted, you should slow down, let them pass, and remain a safe distance away from them.
Driving Through Construction Zones
Construction is common, especially during the summer months. If you come across a construction zone, reduce your speed, and be aware of the changing conditions. Often construction zones include changing lanes and speed limits. If circumstances change quickly, this can cause surrounding drivers to change lanes quickly, or slam on their breaks.
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