Severe winter weather can be treacherous and scary. Subzero temperatures – and the slippery snow and ice that often accompany it – can challenge even the most experienced driver. According to the US Department of Transportation, snow, slush or icy roads are involved in nearly one in four weather-related vehicle crashes.
When winter weather strikes, the best option is to stay put, and avoid traveling in potentially hazardous conditions whenever possible. If you must travel during these times, preparation is key: winterize your vehicle; pack an emergency roadside kit; and drive cautiously, safely and defensively.
On the Road
Snow, slush and ice can make your car behave unpredictably, so avoid any distractions that will divert your attention away from what’s directly in front of your windshield. Don’t check your phone while driving; make sure your windows, mirrors and headlights are clear; and drive with your headlights on to improve visibility.
Keep Your Speed Down
Remember, speed limits are designed with dry roads in mind, not those covered with snow and ice.
By reducing your driving speed and increasing your following distance, you’ll give yourself a little extra time to avoid an accident if a car ahead of you slides out of their lane on a slick spot or wheel rut.
Give Aggressive Drivers Lots of Room
With the stress of the holiday season, people might be a little impatient with slower moving traffic and take unnecessary risks when passing other vehicles. Aggressive drivers are an unfortunate reality of traveling on public roads; give the ones you encounter lots of space.
Exercise Caution on Bridges and Overpasses
Bridges and overpasses are typically the first sections of any roadway to experience icing, so exercise caution when traveling on (or over) them.
If you can eliminate them from your intended route, do so – and give yourself extra time to arrive safely at your destination to avoid the temptation of driving at higher speeds.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of winter driving conditions, contact the specialized accident and personal injury attorneys at Dale E. Anstine today. With offices in York and Gettysburg, our team is available 24/7 – and consultations are always free. You deserve an attorney who’s on your side.