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Tips for driving on snow and ice

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents

When it snows or when the temperatures drop and ice forms on the road, accidents are much more common. Part of the reason for this is that people will simply drive as if they are still on dry roads, not realizing they have far less control over the vehicle.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make it safer to drive on ice and snow. This doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be hit by another driver, but you can prevent that loss of control yourself. Here are a few tips that can help.

Use longer following distances

It’s very common for people to say that you should leave three seconds between cars. That simply may not be enough stopping distance on the snow and ice, where pushing the brakes to the floor can cause you to spin or slide. Longer stopping distances are helpful because you can slow down gradually and retain control.

Reduce your overall speed

Speaking of slowing down, it’s also simply wise to drive at a lower speed. Even minor course corrections, such as changing lanes, get more difficult on the ice. If you are moving slower, it is more likely that your wheels will grip the road and you have more time to make careful corrections.

Don’t panic if things go wrong

Many people crash when they briefly lose control or feel the tires start to slip, but it’s really because they panic and aggressively brake or over-correct with the steering wheel. Instead, try to remain calm and simply take your foot off of the gas to allow the car to slow down naturally. Often, you will feel like you are back in control after only a second or two.

Of course, if someone else hits your vehicle, and you suffer serious injuries, then you need to know how to seek financial compensation.