Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents in Winter Weather

Winter weather is here. Odds are, you will still have to go to work and run errands in wintertime and won’t be able to completely avoid the snowy and dangerous road conditions, so remember these tips for safe driving during the winter. 

Driving and Skidding 

When roads are icy during the winter, the biggest risk factor is skidding. Allow yourself about three times the usual length so you can give yourself time to regain control if you do start to skid. 

If you do start to skid, remember to take your foot off of the accelerator and steer into the skid to regain control. You may have to carefully steer left and right and/or gently pump the breaks (if you don’t have anti-lock brakes) to regain control of your vehicle. 

Getting Stuck in the Snow 

If your car gets stuck in the snow, your immediate reaction might be to spin your wheels furiously, but this is exactly what you should not do. Instead, try turning your wheels back and forth a few times to clear the snow. Pushing lightly on the gas pedal will work better than trying to force your way out of the snow. 

Rocking your car back and forth by shifting it into drive, then reverse and back again might also work to free your car. Another way to get out of the snow is by pouring sand, cat litter, or another similar material in the path of your wheels. 

One situation you are required by law to drive slowly and carefully is if you see a New York patrolman aiding another vehicle on the side of the road in the snow. You must slow down and get over a lane. Effective January 1, 2012, the “Move Over Rule” went into effect. 

If You Do Get in an Accident 

If you are injured in a car accident, whether it is caused by icy, snowy roads or not, contact an accident attorney in New York. You may be able to gain compensation for your injuries. Contact an accident attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates for more information or a free consultation about a potential car accident claim. Call us at: 1-800-246-4878.

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