SAFEWAY DRIVER
EDUCATION


Inclement Weather

                                INCLEMENT WEATHER

Our objective is to promote a safe driving experience for students, instructors and
fellow motorists. It is always best to avoid driving in bad weather.  When driving in
severe weather you face both reduced visibility and challenging conditions. You must
be extra cautious when executing all driving maneuvers. We would exercise
common sense and good judgement when deciding to proceed with a behind the
wheel lesson or rescheduling a lesson due to bad weather.
Your instructor will
notify you as soon as possible if they cancel a lesson due to inclement weather.
If
you do not feel comfortable in any weather situation please call us immediately to
reschedule an appointment.  

Heavy Rain
  • You should not drive at regular ideal weather speeds
  • Reduce your speed by at least 25% below the posted speed limit on straight roads and at
    least 50% on turns  
  • Hydroplaning can start at speeds as low as 30 miles per hour
  • In the fall the leaves that cover the road may be dry on the top but they may still be wet
    underneath  
  • Use low beam lights to increase visibility


Snow and Ice
  • Always check road conditions before starting a trip
  • Leave early
  • Use low beam lights
  • Make sure your windows, mirrors, rooftop, and lights are completely free of snow
  • Watch for surfaces that freeze before other road surfaces such as bridges and overpasses -
    cold air circulates below bridges and overpasses causing them to freeze first
  • Increase your following distance by at least 10 seconds
  • Try to stay within the tire tracks created by other vehicles
  • Execute all maneuvers slowly and smoothly
  • If you feel your wheels start to slip, immediately ease off the gas pedal


Fog
  • Reduces visibility sometimes within a few feet of your car
  • Reduce speed when approaching fog
  • Maintain an extra space cushion
  • Use low beam headlights
  • If necessary pull over as far away from the road and wait for it to clear