How to drive in bad weather

Inclement weather conditions make the roads considerably less safe for drivers and passengers. While you cannot stop the rain, you can take precautions in order to drive more safely when you find yourself out on the road in hazardous weather.

Consider the following safety tips for driving in bad weather:

  • Maintain your vehicle. Your tires are especially important when driving in bad weather and rain. Make sure they are properly inflated and replace them once they become worn. Bald tires can quickly lose contact with the road and cause your vehicle to skid or hydroplane.
  • Be prepared. Check the weather before you leave the house so that you know what to expect. And be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going.
  • Drive slowly. Speeding in bad weather conditions drastically increases your chances of an accident. Also, you want to give yourself extra time to react, so don’t tailgate.
  • Minimize your risk of hydroplaning. If you are driving in the rain and begin to lose traction, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas as you gently steer until you can feel the road again. Do not slam on your breaks or jerk the wheel if you are hydroplaning, as this can cause your car to skid and lose complete control.
  • Use caution. If the conditions look really bad, use your best judgment. Don’t drive unless you absolutely have to.

If you are involved in an auto accident caused by bad weather or the actions of a negligent driver, contact Steven P. Roberts Personal Injury Lawyers. They can help you navigate the complexities of filing a claim.


The best ways to prevent dog bites

Dog bites account for millions of injuries in the United States every year. In fact, it is such a big problem that the American Veterinary Medical Association holds an annual National Dog Bite Prevention Week in order to raise awareness and educate people about prevention strategies.

By remaining aware of some of the following safety tips and teaching them to your children, you may be able to prevent a dog bite incident in the future:

  • Avoid aggressive games. Wrestling and other high-energy games are best avoided, especially with bigger dogs.
  • Stay alert. The most common victims of dog bites are children, so when your child is around a dog, be sure to monitor the situation closely. Teach your child not to act too aggressively or in a way that might startle the dog. And of course, never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
  • Be smart. Don’t reach through a fence to pet a dog or bother a dog while it is feeding puppies, sleeping or eating.
  • Don’t react. If a dog approaches you, do your best to stay still and remain calm. Avoid making any quick movements, running or raising your hands. The dog is likely to sniff you and head on its way. If this isn’t the case, avoid eye contact and try to back away slowly.

If a dog attacks you, try to “feed” something (purse, jacket, baseball mitt — whatever you have available) into its mouth as quickly as possible. If you’re knocked to the ground, cover your face, curl into a ball, and do your best to remain motionless and quiet. Once you are safe from the dog, seek medical attention if needed. Then contact a San Luis Obispo County personal injury lawyer, as you may have a claim against its owner.