In many cases, drivers are injured when they overestimate how much control they have over their vehicles. There are specific situations where drivers tend to do this more than others and, if you want to be a safe driver, you should learn about these situations and what they mean about how you should adjust your speed to compensate for them.
Rain and Snow
Dallas isn't known for its snow, but it does fall occasionally. Rain can be just as hazardous for drivers. If you find yourself driving in conditions where heavy rain or snow is falling, be sure to slow down a little bit. As a general rule, you should have your headlights on whenever you turn your windshield wipers on. This ensures that the other drivers on the road can see you coming. While your visibility might be quite good, you can never be sure how someone else's windshield wipers are functioning or how well they compensate for driving in these types of conditions.
One of the biggest mistakes that drivers make is outdriving their headlights. At night, the minimum stopping distance you need translates directly to the amount of road that your headlights illuminated front of you. Remember that the reach of your headlights may be much shorter than the stopping distance of your car at highway and freeway speeds. Even in a residential area, your headlights may not be illuminating that much road and you should slow down to make sure that you can stop in time to avoid hitting anything that suddenly appears at the limit of your vision.