• When It's ° and Overcast

    (with a chance of collisions)

    Headlights help make for safe driving, even during the day

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  • When It's ° and Sunny

    (with a chance of collisions)

    Make sure your windshield is clean inside and out

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  • When It's ° and Rainy

    (with a chance of collisions)

    Slow down and leave room for stopping

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  • When It's ° and Foggy

    (with a chance of collisions)

    Give yourself plenty of time to react when it’s hard to see

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  • When It's ° and Icy

    (with a chance of collisions)

    Don’t drive if you don’t have to

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  • When It's ° and Snowy

    (with a chance of collisions)

    Take your time and leave room for stopping

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  • When It's ° and Nighttime

    (with a chance of collisions)

    Check your head and taillamps to make sure they are all working

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Weather is Unpredictable, Just Like the Accidents It Can Cause

Weather and other conditions don’t have to be a factor in accidents. Keep these tips in mind when you're driving in any weather condition, anywhere, anytime.

  • Overcast

    • Headlights help make for safe driving, even during the day.
    • In a skid, turn the car in the direction of the skid.
    • Turn off cruise control – it increases chances of losing control in wet weather.
  • Rainy

    • Turn on your headlamps to help other drivers see you
    • Slow down and leave room for stopping
    • Avoid slamming on your brakes to help prevent skids
    • Don’t drive through standing water or flooded roads
  • Foggy

    • Use low-beam headlamps to see and help others see you
    • Give yourself plenty of time to react when it’s hard to see
    • Avoid sudden stops in case there are vehicles behind you
    • If visibility is really low, use the road edge or painted road markings as a guide
  • Sunny

    • Use your visor to help block out the sun
    • Make sure your windshield is clean inside and out
    • Use your headlamps to help other drivers see you coming
    • Use lane markings as a guide when it’s too bright to see
  • Snowy

    • Accelerate slowly to avoid spinning on snow
    • Take your time and leave room for stopping
    • Make sure your windshield wipers work and you have washer fluid
    • Don’t drive if you don’t have to
  • Icy

    • Accelerate slowly to help keep your tires from spinning on ice
    • Take your time and leave plenty of room for stopping
    • Make sure your windshield wipers work and you have washer fluid
    • Don’t drive if you don’t have to
  • Night

    • Make sure your windshield is clean inside and out to reduce glare from other vehicles
    • Check your head- and tail-lamps to make sure they are all working
    • Pay attention to signs to help anticipate turns, stops and winding roadways
    • Give yourself plenty of time to react when it’s dark and hard to see

Be Safe From the Start

Ford is committed to teaching every driver the skills that will help keep them safe for life. Whether you're a teen on your first drive or an experienced driver, everyone can benefit.

  • Distracted Driving

    Teens and distracted driving seem to go hand-in-hand. Here are some common distractions that can lead to serious accidents:
    • Using a cell phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Grooming
    • Searching for music
    • Listening to loud music
    • Using the GPS
    • Passengers
  • Skills

    These are some skills you only get used to once you’ve spent time behind the wheel:
    • Determining distance
    • Gauging stopping time
    • Smooth acceleration and braking
    • Awareness of surroundings
    • Parking
    • Reversing
  • The IPDE System

    Learn the IPDE system, a simple way to help recognize, anticipate and avoid risks while driving:

    • IDENTIFY potential risks, such as oncoming vehicles, pedestrians, obstacles and intersections
    • PREDICT when and where there will be a problem
    • DECIDE on the best course of action
    • EXECUTE that action
Driving Skills for Life is a program dedicated to helping young drivers develop safe driving habits. And it’s a great resource for experienced drivers too. Get more information at drivingskillsforlife.com.

Learn How to Drive Safely No Matter What the Weather

What to Do if Your Vehicle Gets Stuck in Snow

Watch this video to learn how to get out of this common winter-weather predicament.

Dense Fog Can Be Dangerous

Learn what to do when you encounter low visibility on the roads by watching this video.

How to Stay Safe in Hailstorms

Hail can wreak havoc on vehicles and become hazardous when you’re driving. See how you can protect yourself and your car in this video.

Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

See what to do when you encounter downpours, pooled water and floods by watching this video.

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