7 Common Road Hazards (And How to Avoid Them)

Don't run into trouble on the road. Here are smart strategies every driver should know to keep her family safe.

Introduction

Brina Tignor and her 3-year-old daughter, Miranda, were driving on an Oklahoma highway one afternoon last September when they suddenly came upon a stretch of road that had just been hit by a severe storm. The rain had stopped and the sun was shining, but the pavement was still covered with puddles.

Realizing the potential danger, Tignor slowed down, but it was too late. Her Toyota SUV skidded across the road, and when she tried to steer straight, it skidded again. Her mind raced: What did they teach us about skidding in driver's ed?

In a panic, Tignor swerved to the left and then the right, which sent her spinning into oncoming traffic, where she collided with another car. Fortunately, no one in either vehicle was seriously hurt. But the accident made Tignor realize that her driving skills weren't sufficient to protect her family.

"Most drivers don't know what to do when they encounter trouble on the road," says Mike Donohoe, coordinator of traffic safety and driver education for the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Northern New England.Here, seven scary situations and what to do if they happen to you.

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