Every year, over 1,000 people are killed and 100,00 injured in automobile accidents caused by icy winter road conditions. And auto accidents in the Midwest account for a good majority of these incidents.
To help you stay safe on icy roads this winter driving season, here are five tips to keep in mind.
Maintain a safe distance
While it is crucial to maintain at least one car length between you and the vehicle in front of you during good weather conditions, when roads are icy or slick you will want to stay at least two full car lengths behind the vehicle to give you enough time to stop properly.
Check your vehicle for winter conditions
It’s always a good idea to make sure your car is in good shape for winter road conditions. For instance, you’ll want to check your wiper blades and replace damaged and worn ones so your windshield can be appropriately cleared during times of precipitation. Additionally, you will want to make sure that the tread on your tires is still good and maintain your tire pressure during the cold months to give you as much grip as possible on the road.
Adjust your driving to weather conditions
It’s also important to understand how the brakes on your car react when applied and to appropriately adjust your speed and stopping distance to account for patches of ice or slush that can cause your vehicle to slip when the brakes are applied. By stopping sooner and slowing before stopping you will be able to reduce the natural inertia of your car and you’ll be less likely to slide than when you apply your brakes forcefully.
Keep a speed you can maintain
While it is important to make sure that you keep a fair amount of distance between you and the car in front of you, it is best to travel a speed that you will be able to maintain on the road. When roads are icy, and especially on bridges, sudden acceleration or deceleration can cause your vehicle to slide, spin out or fishtail.
Monitor the weather forecast
Know what to expect before you leave your house. By planning, you will be able to adjust your time so that you will not be rushed and be able to take your time and travel the roads slowly. If the forecast is predicting weather that you are too uncomfortable to drive in, consider staying in.
Icy road accidents can be devastating and often result in severe injuries. If you find yourself the victim of severe injuries from a car accident, it is important to speak to our attorneys to understand your rights in the event you need to file a personal injury claim. Call us today for a free consultation. It matters to us what happens to you. (816) 221-6400 or chat LIVE thru our website 24/7/365 at www.yonke-law.com.