Having lived in Massachusetts for many years or possibly even your entire life, you are no stranger to winter weather. Still, you may land on either end of the spectrum when it comes to whether you love or hate such weather. Of course, no matter how you feel about it, you may still find yourself having to get out on the road in snowy or icy conditions.
Even though you are not new to the state and may consider yourself a good driver, it still pays to understand how to stay safe on the road in winter conditions. This information could help you avoid causing an accident that could cause injuries to you or others.
Winter driving safety
You can help yourself remain a safe driver by considering many safety steps. Some of those steps include the following:
- Do not drive while drowsy or fatigued. Drowsiness and fatigue are dangerous for drivers no matter the weather.
- Avoid using cruise control on icy, snowy or wet roads because you do not have as much control over the vehicle.
- Ensure that you have properly inflated your tires.
- Avoid sudden acceleration and sudden deceleration, which can cause your vehicle to slide.
- Drive slowly, and avoid getting in a hurry.
- Give yourself more time to stop.
- Increase your following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. A standard following distance is three to four seconds, and on wet or icy roads, that should increase to eight to ten seconds.
- Avoiding stopping on a hill. If you have to stop on a hill, you will likely have a difficult time getting the traction to move up again, and your wheels may start spinning.
The best winter driving tip is to stay off the roads if at all possible. Because you likely cannot avoid work or other obligations just because of the weather in most cases, you may not have the luxury of staying home.
After an accident
Unfortunately, even if you do your part to remain a safe driver, others may not follow important safety tips. As a result, someone else could cause a car accident and hit your vehicle, resulting in you suffering serious injuries. If this occurs, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault in order to seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other allowable damages.