Driving through winter weather is challenging. Even experienced drivers might struggle against fresh snow or black ice. As the winter weather rolls in once again, we should all take a moment to brush up on how to drive in snowy weather.
Take it Slow
Traction is the name of the game when it comes to driving on snow and ice. Snow and ice reduce traction, the tire’s ability to grip the road. This makes turning and braking more difficult. Even slight adjustments of the wheel can cause dramatic shifts on the road.
Take care to treat your vehicle gently in snowy weather. Try to reduce speed by 10-15mph. Accelerate slowly. Provide extra time to brake and avoid coming to a complete stop if possible. It’s better to crawl up to a stoplight than to come to a complete stop and risk getting stuck.
Don’t Lock Up
Most winter weather car accidents occur when drivers fail to brake properly on slippery surfaces. Locking the brakes further reduces traction, causes the car to slide against the direction of the steering wheel.
Never slam on the brakes when driving on snow. Instead, repetitively pump them. This method allows you to slow down gently without losing control of the vehicle. However, because pumping the brakes is less effective than normal braking, you should leave plenty of extra space to slow down, especially if you would pick up speed from going downhill.
Distracted driving is especially dangerous on snowy roads. If the roads are unplowed, drivers must take extra care to make sure their wheels stay in the tracks of those ahead of them. Swerving out of the lane, however slightly, can create unnecessary danger for everyone on the road.
If you’re driving in snowy weather, take a moment to address all distractions before you get on the road. Put your phone away, avoid eating while driving, and keep your mental focus. You may also ask that your passenger stay quiet if you’re struggling against the road. Any distraction, be it mental, visual, or manual, could result in wild fishtailing or even a serious crash.If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in an auto accident, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced Louisville auto injury attorney from Justice Law Firm to evaluate your case, give us a call at (502) 822-2230 or send us an email.