Winter storms can blanket roads with snow, sleet, and freezing rain. While many schools and businesses often shut down due to poor driving conditions, some drivers still need to get places. If you really have to drive in the snow and ice, remember these important winter driving safety tips.
Many tragic accidents are often caused by poor driving conditions. Here are some tips for safe driving on winter roads:
1. Avoid the “Phantom Shoulder.” Snow plows often push snow, ice, and slush to one side of the road, making it seem like the road or shoulder is wider than it is. Be aware that this snow may be covering a ditch or drop-off. If you get a wheel in that ditch, your could lose control of your car and go off the road.
2. Keep your headlights on. It’s important to use your headlights in the daytime, especially during periods of low visibility. This is so other cars can see you through the snow or sleet. A common rule of thumb to remember: anytime you need to turn your wipers on, you should turn your lights on as well.
3. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle. During the day, light glaring off the white snow can be really bright. Wearing sunglasses with a yellow or amber lens can help with depth perception, allowing you to see rises and dips in the road that may not otherwise appear to the naked eye.
4. Pack your jumper cables. Cold weather can easily drain a battery of its cranking power. Make sure you have a decent set of jumper cables in case your battery dies and you are left stranded .
All motorists should drive very carefully on icy and snowy roads, and if possible, avoid driving altogether. If you are involved in an accident this winter, contact the auto accident attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.