Safe driving in the snow

Most people know that driving in the snow can be dangerous. However, few understand just how dangerous it can be. More than 1,300 Americans are killed in auto accidents involving snow, ice, or slush every year. Another 116,000 are injured every year. Safety should be a top priority when driving in snowy conditions. On that note, here are five useful safety tips when driving in conditions that are less than optimal.

Avoid using cruise control. Although it may be convenient, cruise control increases the risk of your vehicle sliding uncontrollably during snowy conditions. Avoid cruise control if you can.

Do not drive while fatigued. This tip still rings true even in optimal driving conditions, but it is especially important when driving is more difficult. Driving while fatigued lowers your reaction time and makes you less likely to anticipate others’ actions. Only drive when you are fully rested.

Keep your tires properly inflated. This will give you more control on the road and make accidents less likely.

Accelerate and decelerate slowly. It will take a longer amount of time for your vehicle to get up to speed and come to a stop in snowy conditions because of the lack of traction. Account for this in your driving and give yourself more time to speed up and stop.

Do not stop going up a hillSnowy and icy conditions all but remove any traction your vehicle will be able to maintain. This is especially true on an incline. If at all possible, get some momentum before reaching the hill and use that to make your way to the top.

Unfortunately, sometimes accidents in the snow are unavoidable. If you or a family member are injured in an accident this winter, call our law offices at Monsees & Mayer, P.C. for a free consultation.  We are here to help.  Drive safely!