Tips for Driving Safe in Unpredictable Conditions in South Carolina

By  //  May 10, 2022

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Driving during hazardous weather, traffic conditions, or vehicle situations can lead to unpredictable circumstances on the road. No matter how skilled you are as a driver, these unsafe road situations can have disastrous consequences.

To help drivers comfortably tackle such situations, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety has provided a handful of tips to ensure drivers on South Carolina roads are knowledgeable and prepared for hazardous road situations.

1. Driving in the Rain:

Slippery roads on rainy days can often cause vehicles to lose balance and skid out of control. In these rainy conditions, the SC advises drivers to drive slowly and remain vigilant for obstacles or other vehicles. Extra care must be given on roads with stalled water, and it is recommended to avoid these routes in general as your vehicle could lose balance or get stuck.

Remember to always turn on your headlights on rainy days, and if your vehicle skids off-road, turn the steering vehicle in the direction of the skid to rebalance the vehicle.

2. Driving Near a Reckless Driver:

Reckless drivers are a leading factor in avoidable car accidents across South Carolina. If you see a reckless driver, the SC advises that you slow down and steer clear from their way, let them pass through and never engage in a competition or any action against them, no matter how much they tempt you. Just let them pass and maintain your distance. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the recklessness of another driver, it is highly recommended to contact a car accident attorney.

3. Driving in Fog/Smoke:

Foggy conditions can dramatically reduce a driver’s line of sight on the road and often lead to accidents. SC advises that when fog or smoke is present, turn on headlamps in the daytime. The SC has identified a common mistake drivers make on the road during these dangerous conditions.

According to the SC, many drivers turn on their high beams during foggy nighttime conditions. Despite common conceptions, turning on high beams actually makes the fog reflect the light, ultimately making it even more difficult for the driver to see the road. For dark, nightime foggy driving, it is recommended to use the low beams instead. Finally, stay vigilant of the white lines on the sides of the road to ensure you are always in your lane and on the road.

4. Encountering Work Zones on Your Route:

Work zones are common on South Carolina roads. Drivers often get confused and panic when encountering a work zone in the middle of the road. The SC advises that the driver immediately slow down and carefully navigate through obstacles in such situations. Fast driving can pose a threat to other drivers along the road, road workers, and vehicle passengers. Heavy construction equipment may be present on these roads, and you must exercise caution when in these areas.

5. Tire Blowout while driving:

Tire blowouts are another unpredictable situation that you should be aware of. If you experience a tire blowout, the SC advises the driver not to accelerate or stop the vehicle in a panic, as this can cause a crash. Please wait for the vehicle to stop in its own space without applying brakes and try to steer away from the main road or traffic.