Although there are more recorded accidents during summer than during snowy months in the US, the fact that more than 1,300 persons perish from car crashes every year should cause a lot of concern for drivers during the winter season. Aside from that, 116,800 individuals get injured because of car accidents on snowy roads.
Why there are fewer car accidents during winter than in summer must have something to do that drivers are aware that the roads are dangerous because they are wet and slippery. This invokes more caution while driving. One reason also is that some drivers avoid going out during winter.
Yes, avoiding the roads and being more cautious while driving during winter are ways on how to keep safe during winter. Here are more tips that can save you away from harm while you are on snowy roads driving.
Take It Slow
Drive slowly. You should always aim for lower traction by adjusting your speed. When accelerating, always bear in mind not to be in a hurry. You should also do so when slowing down. When on a snowy road, slowing down may take some time, so be wary of the stoplight while you are still some distance away. A lot of car crashes during winter happen because drivers are unable to stop their cars on designated stops.
Maintain Distance from the Car in Front
Always keep a distance from the vehicle that is in front of you. Maintain at least 5 to 7 seconds following distance to ensure that when you stop simultaneously, you will not hit it from the rear as it will provide some time for you to be able to stop your car. If the road is not busy, you can always maintain more distance.
Always Inspect Your Brakes
Before driving your car, always check on the brakes if they are working properly. To apply firm pressure on the brake pedal, you should always keep your heel on the floor while steadily using your foot.
When nearing a stoplight, you can start slowing down, so you don’t have to stop. This decreases your chance of tipping because you won’t need to apply a full stop. Slowing down will not also take some more effort if you are to accelerate on moving wheels.
Be Ready When Navigating Elevations
Get some power and maintain while traversing a hill. Slow down again if you reached the top and when you are going downward. Never stop when you are going uphill, or you will slide back down.