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Driving in unusual weather is a hazard: Stay safe

Motor vehicle accidents are common when weather conditions are unusual for the state. Georgia doesn't often get heavy snow, but hurricanes, tornadoes and other environmental events can impact traffic and the way people drive.

As someone who has to drive through a change in weather conditions, it's important for you to know how to get where you want to go safely.

What can you do to be safe in unusual weather?

The first thing to keep in mind that it's important for all people to check the weather before they go out. It is up to you to decide if the weather conditions are something you're comfortable driving in. If not, then you should wait to go out, get a ride with someone who is comfortable driving or make sure you give yourself plenty of time to drive to where you need to go.

You should also pack an emergency kit in your vehicle. If you do get into a car crash, it is important that you have some first-aid tools available to you. If emergency teams have trouble getting to you, these will help until they arrive.

It's also important to have maintenance performed on your vehicle regularly. The tires should have good tread, and your vehicle should work correctly. The heating, cooling and other functions should all work as designed. If there are any problems with the vehicle, it could make it malfunction or fail when you need it to work at its best.

If you're hit by someone who hasn't taken precautions, you should be able to seek a claim. No one should drive when it's not safe for them to do so even if it's just because of their driving skills being too low for the conditions.

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