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Many factors can contribute to an automobile accident, and weather can set the stage for collisions. But it isn’t just inclement weather that can get the best of us while we’re on the road. Weather can affect driving at any time of the year.

The lingering effects of winter are still making vehicles susceptible to damage—just ask any driver who has cracked a wheel driving over a deep pothole. In addition, the storms this time of year bring slick roads, hail, strong wind gusts and flooding, all of which can affect your vehicle.

Here are a few weather conditions that can affect driving and some tips on how to drive in them:
Tips for driving in the rain:

  • Turn on your headlamps to help other drivers see you
  • Slow down and leave room for stopping
  • Avoid slamming on your brakes to help prevent skids
  • Don’t drive through standing water or flooded roads

When driving in fog:

  • Use low-beam headlamps to see and help others see you
  • Give yourself time to react when visibility is low
  • Avoid sudden stops in case there are vehicles behind you
  • Use the road edge or painted road marking as a guide

In sunny weather:

  • Use your visor to help block out the sun
  • Make sure your windshield is clean inside and out
  • Use your headlamps to help other drivers see you coming
  • Use lane markings as a guide when it’s too bright to see