The winter weather can make the roads much more hazardous. Ice and snow make it easier for drivers to lose control. They also make it harder to swerve or stop in an emergency. Many winter accidents are rear-end crashes where one driver slides into another, unable to stop.
First and foremost, start by driving more slowly. In some cases, conditions mean that it’s safest to drive under the speed limit. Lower speeds increase control and reduce the severity of injuries if an accident does occur.
Increase following distances
Likewise, you want to give yourself more distance between cars. It’s also important to start braking well in advance of traffic signals or stop signs. Slow and controlled braking is much safer than trying to push heavily on the brakes at the last second.
Don’t use your cruise control
Finally, it is easier to use the cruise control, especially on a long trip. But it can also be hazardous. The best way to slow down if you lose control on the ice is to take your foot off of the gas, but without pushing the brakes. However, this doesn’t work nearly as well when the cruise control is on, because it keeps accelerating even after you take your foot off of the gas pedal.
Unfortunately, other drivers are going to make mistakes and cause car accidents this year. If you suffer injuries in one of these crashes, make sure you know what legal options you have.