Winter means snow, ice, and slippery roads. Here are some driving tips that will help you safely maneuver the roadways during this frigid time of year.
Prepare Your Vehicle
It’s important to winterize your vehicle to avoid any problems when you’re traveling in conditions that are less than ideal. Be sure to check the following:
- Windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluids
- Tire pressure and tread
- Fuel level – keeping the gas tank as full as possible will reduce condensation
Reduce Your Speed
In snowy conditions, it’s best to reduce your speed by at least fifty percent. Make sure you aren’t going too slowly as your vehicle will need momentum to move through snow on inclines.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
Don’t use cruise control when the roads are icy or snow covered, even if it’s just a dusting. This is dangerous because if your vehicle skids or hydroplanes, your wheels will spin rapidly as the cruise control tries to maintain a consistent speed. This is likely to make you lose control of your vehicle.
Know How to Recover From a Skid
If you begin to skid, don’t panic. For a rear-wheel or all-wheel skid, steer to the same side the vehicle’s back end is heading, and for a front-wheel skid, straighten the steering wheel.
You shouldn’t tailgate no matter the weather condition, but especially in snow and ice because of the reduced traction.
Winter Travel Safety Kit
During the winter months, keep a safety kit in your car that includes a small shovel, ice scraper, cat liter (can be used to gain traction), flashlight, blanket, and an extra pair of gloves.
If you sustain injuries in a car accident this winter, please contact us. As New Jersey car accident attorneys, we’ll evaluate your case to determine if you have a personal injury claim. If you do, we’ll help you get a fair settlement from the other driver’s insurance company.