Fall is winding down, and winter is almost upon us. As the chilly season draws near, new conditions will present themselves on the road, such as rain, snow, slush, and ice. As if driving in good weather on dry roads wasn’t challenging enough, driving in bad weather adds a whole new element of danger to the mix and makes you want to stay home. But if you must drive to school or work, how will you make it back home unharmed?
As with most dangers in life, the key is being aware and protecting yourself. Short of taking a real driving course, taking the time to read this guide can help you better prepare to face whatever the weather throws at you this winter. There are several factors to keep in mind, including road and traffic conditions, vehicle and driver conditions, and weather conditions. Wind, rain, fog, snow, driver fatigue, or worn-out tires can make your morning commute hazardous. Any combination of these factors could be disastrous!
March 24 Colorado Springs pile-up, the February 24 northwest Indiana blizzard, and the January 23 Interstate 75 impasse, are still fresh in many people's’ minds.This should come as no surprise, given that the likelihood of getting caught in bad weather or getting into a car wreck increases this time of year.
There are more than 1.2 million weather-related vehicle crashes per year in the United States, resulting in over 445,000 injuries and 5,800 fatalities. With winter approaching, it is essential to prepare now for upcoming extreme road conditions and to take the time to consider what you would do if you find yourself in danger.
If you spend a lot of time in your car, you know the aching feeling of lower back or neck pain. Sitting in a car is different from sitting in a chair or at a desk. Your arms are raised to hold the steering wheel, your legs are at different angles, and you feel constant vibrations and bumps from the road. If you haven’t adjusted your seat properly, this can take a serious toll on your body. No matter how much you drive, being comfortable in the car makes your experience safer and more enjoyable. Even if you think you have your seat set up just right, take another look. Following these steps will lead you to a perfectly adjusted and comfortable seat.