Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving Safety TipsThe beginning of winter is always a good time to refresh your knowledge of safe winter driving skills.  Get prepared for the challenge before the cold & wet weather sets in for good.

Slow  And Cautious Is Winter Driving Skill Rule Number 1

Certainly the safest course of action is to simply stay home when driving conditions are less than ideal. We all know that these days that not always possible. If you need to venture out, remember that safe winter drivers are slow, careful and cautious.

In snowy and/or icy weather, you need to reduce your speed and increase your following distance so you can easily stop when needed. You need to be on the lookout for isolated ice patches caused by poorly maintained roads, plow trucks that are shooting salt, private roadways that haven’t been properly cleared, and other drivers who are behaving recklessly despite road conditions.  Never use cruise control on snowy and/or icy roads.

Brake Gently

Skidding is a common problem during the winter months and can usually be prevented by breaking gently. However, if your car does begin to skid, you’ll only have a split second to react. The correct approach depends on whether it’s your rear tires or front tires that are skidding. If it’s the rear tires, take your foot off the accelerator, steer in the direction you want your front wheels to go, and apply steady pressure to your antilock brakes. If it’s your front tires, take your foot off the accelerator, shift into neutral, and steer as the vehicle begins to slow. When you feel traction, it’s safe to put your car back into gear and accelerate gently.

If you happen to get stuck in the snow while winter driving don’t spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper. It’s best to clear the excess snow from the tires and underside of your car. After that use a light touch on the gas to ease your way out. Put your vehicle in low gear and pour salt, gravel, sand, or kitty litter in the path of the wheels to help gain traction.

Hepworth Holzer, Injury Trial Attorneys In Boise, Can Help

Unfortunately, auto accidents are more common during the winter months even if you take all of the proper safety precautions. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical care and other expenses. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Hepworth Holzer LLP are dedicated to assisting Idaho residents who have been injured due to the negligent actions of others. Call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.

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