Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tips

Driving in the snow and ice should not be taken likely as your chances of getting into a car accident greatly increases. Snow and ice reduced pavement friction and vehicle maneuverability, causing slower speeds, reduced roadway capacity, and increased crash risk. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration each year 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement and 15% happen during snowfall or sleet. Do not drive at all if you can avoid it when the roads are slick and icy. More than 1,300 people are killed and over 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually. Every year, nearly 900 people are killed and nearly 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet. If you do have to venture on the road, it is important to be prepared.

Basic Winter Survival Kit

If you find yourself stranded, be safe, stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives. Here are some helpful items you may want to put in your car in the case of an emergency.

  1. Flashlight
  2. Extra batteries
  3. Blanket
  4. Nonperishable food items
  5. Water
  6. Gloves
  7. Boots
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Cell phone charger
  10. Ice scraper
  11. Jumper cables

Tips on Driving in the Snow/Ice according to AAA

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction. Also take time to slow down for a stop light or stop sign.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes long on snow-covered roads.
  • Following distance should be increased by 8-10 seconds
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have anti-lock brakes or not, best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of you foot to apply firm, steady pressure on brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if can avoid it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Try to get inertia going before you reach a hill.
  • Don’t stop going on a hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.

Unfortunately, there are many drivers out there who do not obey the laws nor listen to safety tips while driving in the snow and/or ice. If you have been injured in an auto accident, give us a call at 618-505-1660 or go to www.scmitchell.com/contact-us/.

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