Traveling over the speed limit can be especially dangerous in bad weather conditions. Speeding was a factor in 53 percent of fatal crashes that occurred when there was snow or slush on the road and in 60 percent of those that happened in icy roads. “Most of the time, these accidents can be traced to drivers who think they can go faster than the conditions will allow them, or they’re in a hurry to get to their destination,” says Ciezadlo.
There are steps you can take to make your driving safer. Here are some useful tips from Farmers:
* Take time to plan ahead. Make sure you allow yourself enough travel time so you don’t end up rushing to get to your destination.
* Check your local traffic report on the Web before you leave so you know where to expect congestion -- then you know if you’ll need more time to get to your destination.
* Adjust your driving to meet road conditions. If the road is wet, slow down and keep more distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Also, roads are treacherous when it first starts to rain, as the water mixes with oils and other deposits to create a slick road surface.
* Be prepared to adjust to sudden speed reduction, for example, when you’re exiting from a highway, encountering sharp curves on a two-lane road or entering residential or high bicycle/pedestrian traffic areas.
* If you’re late, you’re late. Accept it and apologize when you arrive. It’s better than endangering lives.
* Wear your seat belt. It’s not only the law, it could keep you from becoming a speeding-related fatality.
Giving yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going, heeding weather conditions, and using your common sense will help you drive more safely.
For more information on Farmers Insurance Group, visit www.farmers.com.
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