While driving is never a completely safe activity, in the wintertime the dangers increase exponentially. Poor weather conditions hinder visibility, snow and sleet make roadways slippery and difficult to navigate, and distractions run high as drivers focus on defogging the windows while navigating roadways. In today’s blog, we offer some advice on safe driving techniques that can help you avoid an accident. Learn more, below.
Safe Winter Driving Tips from Your Maryland Accident Attorney
Is winter driving really all that dangerous?
In the US, around 24% of all accidents are related to hazardous weather conditions and more than 7,000 people die annually due to weather-related accidents. Furthermore, nearly 20% of all highway accident deaths are due to adverse weather conditions.
What can I do to practice safe driving in the winter?
First, ensure that you are alert and awake any time you step behind the wheel. Driving while fatigued or otherwise impaired can greatly impact your reaction time, which can mean the difference between life and death. Always double-check that your tires are properly inflated as this will provide better traction and grip on slippery roadways. Never use cruise control when driving on surfaces covered in ice, sand, water, or any other substance that could make it slippery.
How should I drive in the snow?
Always be sure to ease onto the gas pedal and brake slowly. Slamming on the brakes are accelerator can make you skid. Take your time and approach lights, stop signs, yields, and other traffic calming measures slowly and with caution. Whenever possible, avoid stopping completely. In slippery conditions, it’s very difficult to start moving from a complete stop so your best bet is to try to slowly and safely roll until a light changes in your favor. Never stop on an uphill slope in snowy or icy conditions as it can be nearly impossible to start on a slippery incline. Whenever possible, avoid driving in the snow completely. While you may be ready and equipped to navigate the conditions safely, not all other drivers are so well prepared!
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