Winter Weather Driving Safety

Winter weather is a fact of life in New York State and driving in winter conditions is often a necessity. Wintry roads can be hazardous, but taking a few simple steps can help you reach your destination safely.

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Tips for Safe Winter Driving

AAA recommends taking the following winter driving safety precautions:

  • Always keep your gas tank at least half full, this will help prevent the gas line from freezing
  • Wear your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle
  • Don’t use cruise control when driving on wet, icy, or snowy roads
  • Always look and steer where you want to go
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  • Slow down. Accelerating, stopping, and turning all take longer on snowy roads than on dry pavement.
  • Increase your following distance. Allow 8 to 10 seconds of space between you and the car in front of you, rather than the usual 3 to 4 seconds.
  • In severe weather, if you don’t absolutely have to go out, stay home

We’re Here to Help

We hope these safety tips help you stay safe while driving in wintry conditions, but if you get in an accident, our Buffalo accident lawyers are here to help. William Mattar Law Offices focuses on motor vehicle crashes with injuries, and our staff is available 24/7 to assist you. Call us immediately at (844) 444-4444 or complete our free initial consultation form, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.