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Bad Weather Driving Tips

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FORT WORTH, TX -- In the interest of preventing secondary accidents or injuries, drivers involved in minor accidents are encouraged to exchange information, if possible, with the other vehicle involved (names, ages, and home address) along with the accident location. Accident information is then placed on the DPS crash report form (CRB-2) located at www.fortworthpd.com. Drivers need only type the word “accident” where prompted to obtain the CRB-2 form. 

 

TIPS FOR BAD WEATHER DRIVING

Be Prepared
Proper clothing (loose layers of clothing, extra gloves, rain gear)
A flashlight in the glove box
A blanket, food and water
Have a windshield scraper and extra windshield washer fluid
Jumper cables
Tire chains or traction mats
Have at least a half tank of gas at all times during the winter

Slow down
Many accidents occur because drivers are going too fast for road conditions. A slower speed gives you more time to react if something occurs. Extra patience and care for other drivers can help a lot.

Give yourself extra space
Allow for more room between yourself and other vehicles. You should always have enough space and time to move out of harm's way.

Hold your steering wheel firmly
Sudden, sharp moves can quickly cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Keep your vehicle steady through ruts in the road, heavy wind and on ice.

Brake and accelerate lightly
Try not to do anything forcefully in bad weather. When you need to slow down quickly in slippery conditions, try lightly pumping your brakes. This reduces your chance of locking your tires and spinning out of control.
If your vehicle has an anti-locking braking system (ABS), you should press and hold the brake down as far as possible in an emergency. The ABS prevents the wheels from locking, enabling you to steer around obstacles.

Be aware of black ice
Black ice is a dangerous road condition. It is a thin layer of transparent ice that forms when the temperature is close to freezing and sometimes makes the road look slightly wet. It is difficult to spot, so when the temperature gets close to freezing. Elevated structures, such as bridges and highway overpasses usually freeze first so black ice is often found on bridges.

If conditions look bad, stay off the road

 

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