Bad Weather Driving Tips For Seniors

Cars Driving On A Rain Slicked Highway

by Lilia Lodi

As a senior on the road, you know there are extra precautions you have to take, but this is especially true during bad weather. No matter what season it is or what the weather is like outside, chances are you still will have someplace to go. Whether it’s a snowstorm or a severe thunderstorm with high winds and heavy rain, these tips will help safely guide you.

Protecting both you and others on the road

  • If it is a rainy day, AAA recommends that drivers allow extra time to get to their destination. This enables you to drive slower and more carefully through rainy conditions. Also, stay in the the middle lane of the road where the level is usually higher and less likely to flood.
  • If you want better training for driving in bad-weather conditions, CBS reports that many insurance agencies are offering discounts on auto insurance for seniors if they take brain-training courses. These courses are software programs used to help seniors improve reaction times in emergency situations. Reaction times are especially important during bad-weather events. Search online for automobile insurance quotes from companies that offer discounts for taking such courses.
  • In snowy conditions, drivers should always use their headlights, brake slowly and never use the cruise-control settings. Only drive through snowy conditions if it is absolutely necessary, and watch weather reports to make sure you get out for any essentials like food or prescriptions before the storm hits.
  • When driving through fog, it is important to use your windshield wipers to help see and reduce the glare from other vehicles on the road.
  • In the event of a wildfire or sandstorm, pull off the highway and wait for improved conditions. If it’s absolutely necessary to continue traveling, use your emergency flashing lights to increase your visibility to other drivers.
  • Seniors should sit closer to their steering wheel in order to see the road better. You should be able to see at least 10 feet ahead of your car at all times; this is especially important on a rainy or snowy day when vision might be impaired more than normal.
  • Senior citizens, along with everyone else, should always wear their seat belt, especially during bad weather. Accidents are much more common in bad weather, and a seat belt may save your life.

Driving in bad weather is not easy no matter what your age is or how many years you have been on the road. But as a senior citizen, you should take extra precautions to ensure that you are driving to the best of your ability. Whether you take brain training, or you practice your emergency preparedness during a regular weather day, it is important to make sure safety remains your top priority. Practicing safety on a regular basis will make extreme-weather driving easier.

Lilia Lodi is a freelance writer, editor and proofreader with a special expertise in automobiles.

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