Winter driving is inevitable with work, holiday get-togethers and school. Winter storms, bad weather, frigid temperatures and sloppy road conditions can make driving in the winter unpredictable and dangerous. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly half a million crashes and 2,000+ deaths happen every winter. Accident Recovery Team has put together a few tips to keep you and your family safe during your winter driving.
Prepare for Winter Driving
When driving in the winter, be prepared for anything that could happen. Getting stuck in a snowbank or breaking down on a frigid night can have deadly consequences if you’re not prepared. Before even leaving your house, place a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car. This should include extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more. Also make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread for winter driving. To avoid being stranded, keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times. It may be tempting in below-freezing temperatures, but never warm up a vehicle in a garage or other enclosed area. If it’s snowing, stay at home if at all possible. Even if you can drive safely in bad weather, it doesn’t mean others will.
Driving in the Snow
The best defense is a good offense when it comes to winter driving, especially in the snow and ice. Here are a few tips when driving in the snow:
- Slow down: Account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly: Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skidding.
- Allow space: Increase your following distance and allow more space and time to slow down for a stoplight.
- Don’t stop (if possible): If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Easy on the pedal on hills: Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will make your wheels spin. Have enough speed before reaching the hill and to carry you to the top. Don’t stop while driving up a hill. As you reach the top of the hill, reduce speed and go downhill slowly.
- No cruise control: Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.
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Reach out to the Accident Recovery Team after an accident with another vehicle caused by winter driving and weather conditions. To schedule a free consultation, contact one of our experienced attorneys. We only get paid when we settle or win the case. Recover from your injuries and have peace of mind with the Accident Recovery Team on your side.