Weather Conditions

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Weather conditions greatly affect visibility and vehicle traction. You can’t avoid striking or being struck by something which you can’t see. You can’t stop or change direction quickly when the road surface is covered with rain, snow, or ice. The first half hour after a rain often makes hard surface roads slippery. The dust and road film is not washed off the surface. Oil, dirt, and rubber dust mixed with water forms a slippery combination. Test the road surface for traction but check rear vision mirror before doing so.

Windshield wipers that streak and skip are especially hazardous on a rainy night. A windshield washer is a valuable safety accessory.


  • Carry a small bottle of detergent in glove compartment. Rub a small amount on windshield when it begins to rain to cut the oil film.
  • Request service station attendant to refrain from using an oily cloth on windshield.
  • Stay well back from the vehicle ahead to aid in avoiding spatter on windshield and
  • Clean lights often, especially after a rainy spell.
  • Bald tires do not give you directional control of your car when attempting to stop on a wet surface. Drive on tires with good tread.
  • Carry a full tank of gas in cold weather to prevent moisture condensation in the fuel tank.