Driving Safe in Poor Conditions

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Whether you’re a newly-qualified driver who’s unfamiliar with poor weather conditions, or you’ve been driving for years but conditions have been pretty unpredictable recently, you should always consider the importance of road safety.

Driving in poor conditions is often much trickier, especially when it means you have to be even more vigilant than usual over others on the road. To help you, we’ve put together some advice on how you can drive safe in poor conditions.

Ice and snow

Ice is a big risk when driving, especially if it’s black ice, which is particularly hard to spot on road surfaces. If your car tires lose grip on a patch of ice, it can be much harder to keep control of your car and brake in an orderly fashion, which means it would be harder to avoid getting into a car accident. 

Driving slowly and methodically will help you avoid the expense and injury risk of a car accident. For example, if it’s the height of a snowy winter, you’re driving without insurance in Texas, and you get into a serious accident, the injuries and costs involved could be severe.

During particularly heavy snowfall, you might want to consider investing in snow chains for your tires, which will help you maintain grip during more serious weather conditions.

Driving in the dark

During the height of winter, you’ll find more and more people are on the roads during pitch black or low light conditions. As the sun sets lower and lower in the day, it can take some getting used to. Driving late at night could also mean you’re a little more tired than you would be during the day, which could affect your reactions.

Even with fully-functioning headlights, visibility will be lower than you might expect. Other drivers on the road will also be dealing with the same situation. One risk is that a driver may act over-confidently, such as making a turn without paying attention to their surroundings and causing a crash. 

This might especially be the case if it’s dark when most people leave work for the day. A sudden influx of traffic rushing to get home, coupled with poor winter visibility, could lead to increased crash risk. When driving in these conditions stay safe by taking your time, and paying closer attention to the drivers around you.


Driving in very bright conditions can also present a significant risk to drivers. This is often most notable early in the morning and in the mid-evening as the sun starts to set. This is because people can often find themselves driving while facing the sun, which can mean drivers struggle to see their surroundings clearly.

Even when the sun is higher in the sky, if it has been raining much recently, then water on the road surface can reflect light quite powerfully, creating another source of potential glare.

In situations like this, even just pulling your car’s sun visor down can be a big help. Other solutions to consider might be investing in a pair of sunglasses that can help reduce glare or even tinting your car’s windshield.


In any situation where visibility or driving conditions are less than ideal, it’s always important to slow down a little and drive with more caution than usual, to better ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers around you.

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