Winter Driving Safety - Careful You Don't Skid, Slide, Crash!
Dec 27, 2017
Did you know that 2% of weather-related accidents annually occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement? And with ever changing weather patterns such as we’ve seen in the past few years, we know such roads are no longer limited to just the obvious snow-bound states. Winter accidents result in more than 1,300 fatalities and 116,800 injuries. Snowy or slushy pavement leads to an average of 30-40 percent reduction in vehicle speed, decreased visibility, reduced road capacity and increased travel time.
While your auto insurance is ready to respond for damage to your vehicle in the event of a winter-driving accident, the best protection is to avoid the claim altogether. Here are a few valuable icy road driving tips from weather.com:
Don’t go out unless absolutely necessary. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can
Decrease your speed
Leave yourself extra room to stop; allow at least three times more space than usual between your car and the one in front of you
Brake gently to avoid skidding, and ease off the brake if your wheels start to lock up
Turn on your lights, so your car is more visible to other motorists
Don’t pass sanding trucks and snow plows. Their drivers have limited visibility, and the road in front of them will be worse than the road behind
Keep your lights and windshield clean
Use low gears to maintain traction, especially on hills
Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on slippery roads
Be especially careful on infrequently traveled roads and exposed roadways such as bridges and overpasses, which tend to freeze first. In fact, in wet conditions, ice can develop in shady areas or on exposed roadways even when temperatures are above freezing
Don’t be overconfident that your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads