Driving in winter weather can be a challenge and understanding some basic ideas about how to drive on ice or in snow can help prevent accidents. Treacherous winter driving conditions range from freezing rain, sleet, snow or simply temperature drops where wet surfaces turn icy.
Driving Tips for Snowy Weather
AAA recommends the following tips for driving in snowy, winter weather.
- Press down slowly on the gas pedal or brake. Fast acceleration can make you skid or spin. Allow enough time to stop slowly.
- Drive slowly. Driving slowly helps you have enough time to maneuver for gradual acceleration and stopping.
- Increase your driving distance between cars. Understand that you should increase the distance for stopping within three to four seconds to eight to ten seconds.
- Apply smooth brake pressure. Rest the heel of your foot on the floor and press the brake pedal with the ball of your foot for gradual braking.
- Avoid stopping. If at all possible, avoid stopping in snowy weather and keep rolling. For example, roll up to a traffic light so slowly that you can keep rolling until the light changes.
- Do not accelerate up hills. You can easily go into a spin when accelerating too much as you climb a hill.
- Do not stop when going up a hill. If the hill is icy, it is difficult to keep the car from spinning as you press the gas pedal to start the car moving again.
- Stay home whenever possible. The best way to avoid snowy weather accidents is to avoid driving in snow. Stay at home if at all possible.
Have You Been Injured During Winter Weather Through the Fault of Another Driver?
If you have suffered serious injury, you may be able to recover compensation for damages. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your accident and the prospects of pursuing a case.