You've spent most of your weekend hanging out on the sofa and avoiding the bad weather, but your employer expects you to show up for work on Monday morning even when the forecast calls for heavy snow. When the weather turns nasty, the last thing you want to do is get in your car and travel, but staying at home isn't always an option. Driving in foul weather can be scary, though. Not only do you have to contend with the difficulty of navigating during low-visibility conditions such as snowstorms, you also have to worry about the unexpected situations that you might encounter out on the road.
According to a study published in 2005, bad weather is a factor in nearly 30 percent of total crashes each year. And while fatal crashes decrease during snowfall, accidents in general tend to increase [source: American Journal of Public Health]. But rather than get on the road and simply worry about what might happen, you can prepare yourself. In addition to learning how to drive in foul weather, there are several things that you can do to make your car safer for driving in foul weather. It all starts with making sure that your car is in peak condition.