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Hazardous weather plays a role in crashes in Georgia

Whether it's spring storms or the summer heat, weather can play a significant role in the safety of drivers on the roads. It is of the utmost importance that you are prepared for those conditions, so that you can reduce the risk of a serious accident.

There are many different weather conditions you could run into. Here are three and how you can respond to them to keep yourself as safe as possible.

1. Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can be dangerous for a few reasons. First, rain can lead to slick roadways. Oils that have collected on the roads may cause them to be slicker than usual. Second, thunderstorms often have high wind speeds. This makes it more likely that trucks and taller vehicles will struggle to stay in lane. Third, there is a risk of lightning. Though rare, it could hit a vehicle or nearby tree or property, leading to damage falling onto the roadway. These are just a few possible issues with storms. So, how can you protect yourself?

Before you go out, make sure you have an idea of when the storm is going to hit. If the worst of it will be at 5 p.m., for example, do your best to arrive early to your destination or to wait out the storm. Avoiding the roads during the worst part of any storm is the right choice.

2. Hot days

Heat is another condition that isn't always considered an issue. However, you must remember that the sun has the potential to blind drivers temporarily at certain angles, which can make it harder for them to see. Additionally, the heat can become unbearable. Drivers even have a risk of dehydration. To avoid trouble, maintain your car's air conditioning, bring water with you and avoid driving when the sun is low in the sky.

3. Foggy mornings

Fog usually settles in the morning, but there are times when it rolls in during the evenings or throughout the day. Some people believe that turning their lights on will help, but that's actually not useful unless they're fog lights. Typical lights scatter due to the water droplets in the fog, which can make it harder to see.

These are three weather conditions to prepare for. As long as you take the weather into consideration and know your limits when driving, you'll have a better chance of staying safe and getting to your destination.

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