Residents of New York City are no stranger to ice and snow-covered roads in the winter months. Nevertheless, careless driving in winter weather can easily lead to a motor vehicle accident. The following are some tips on driving in winter weather.
Watch your speed
While speeding in general is not a great idea, sometimes when the roads are slick with ice and snow you will need to slow down, even if it means driving below the posted speed limit. Remember, all drivers are tasked with a duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances. In addition, slow down when accelerating and decelerating. It takes longer to come to a stop when roads are slippery.
Keep a safe following distance
In winter weather, it is advisable to keep a five to six second following distance between you and the car in front of you. Again, it takes longer to come to a stop when there is ice and snow on the ground. Keeping a safe following distance can reduce the chance of a rear-end collision.
Handle hills safely
Hills present a challenge to the winter driver. If you just press on the gas, your wheels will spin. Instead, try to build up some inertia on flat ground when approaching a hill and let the inertia carry you up the hill. Once you are going up the hill, do not stop. Then, once you reach the top of the hill, slow down and go downhill slowly.
Were you injured in a crash this winter?
It is up to all motorists to drive carefully during the winter. A careless driver is a negligent driver and could cause a car accident that injures another person. Our firm’s personal injury webpage may be of use to those who want to learn more about this topic.