Avoid Accidents This Winter Using These Tips for Safe Driving
When the temperature dips and the snow starts to fall, it’s time to get ready for winter road safety. To avoid accidents on the road this year, follow these tips for safe driving in the winter.
Look Further Ahead
The further down the road you can look, the more prepared you will be for changes in road conditions. It’s also important to never take your eyes off the road. If someone calls you through your Bluetooth phone or the music stops, wait until you’re at a stop sign or pulled over before moving your eyes off the road or your hands from the steering wheel.
When accelerating, apply the gas slowly to make sure that you have enough traction. Pumping the gas to speed ahead will only cause your tires to spin which can cause you to lose control.
Keep a Safe Distance
It takes a lot longer to slow down on icy roads. To ensure you have enough time to stop if the person in front of you hits the breaks, give yourself at least five seconds between your car and the one up ahead. If they try to stop abruptly, decelerate slowly to prevent your tires from spinning and losing traction on the road.
Apply Steady Pressure When Braking
Regardless of the types of brakes you have, always apply steady pressure to the brake pedal when slowing down and stopping.
Avoid Accelerating Up Hills
Trying to speed up a hill will only make your wheels spin. Instead, apply steady pressure to the gas pedal before you reach the hill and let the inertia move you to the top. Once there, reduce your speed and proceed slowly downhill.
Turn and Change Lanes Gradually
Jerky movements will only reduce the traction between your wheels and the road. When driving on ice and snow, keep the movements slow and controlled. Gently move the steering wheel to see if you can feel the tires gaining traction below. Then slowly press the gas to move in that direction.
Look Towards Where You Want to Go
If your car starts to skid, look in the direction that you want to go. You will almost always end up where you are looking. Then ease off the gas, allow the tires to regain traction, and steer in the direction.
Get Winter Tires
One of the best things you can do to avoid accidents in the winter is to get a set of four winter tires on your vehicle. These provide more traction in snow and on ice and will greatly improve your odds of avoiding a collision.
Despite the effort, accidents can’t always be avoided. That’s why you should have an accident and injury lawyer on file for when something does happen. Zuber and Brioux Law is ready to spring into action if you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident. We will ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.