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

American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends taking the following winter driving safety precautions:

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

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.