The Common Causes of Winter Auto Accidents (And How to Avoid Them)

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If you live in an area that gets a real winter; snow, ice, rain, wind – the works – then as a driver, you are more at risk during the bleakest season of the year. During the winter, visibility is often reduced, and the roads are more slippery and more dangerous than they are in the Spring or summer, in particular, which means you need to take extra precautions when traveling, whether you’re driving long distance or simply a few block around the corner.

To help you stay safe this winter, here are some common causes of winter auto accidents, and what you can to avoid them:

Rear-End Crashes

When the roads are slippery, it is much more difficult to stop in a hurry should you need to. So, if you need to step on the brakes because a car in front of you has come to a sudden halt, the chances of a crash are increased during winter.Luckily, avoiding this particular problem can be as simple as leaving more space between you and the car in front of you, so that you have more stopping time should you need it.

Veering Off the Road

Again, because conditions are more slippery and visibility isn’t all that great for much of the winter, we see many more cases of people simply veering off the rod, either because they can’t see properly or due to the dangerous conditions of the road.

THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR WHEEL ALIGNMENT AND TYRE BALANCING cannot be overstated when it comes to correcting this problem. If your tires aren’t bald, are well balanced and properly aligned, then you’ll have more control over your vehicle when you need it most.

Another thing that will help to prevent you veering off the road is driving a little slower than you usually would, so that you can drive with more caution and are, therefore, more likely to see when you’re heading into trouble.

Slipping Through Intersections

That pesky ice makes it really tough to stop when you really need to, which is why we see so many people slipping through intersections, where there is a good chance they will hit, or be hit by, another vehicle. If this happens to you, it doesn’t matter that you tried to stop – you will still be held ultimately responsible for any accidents WHICH IS WHY YOU MUST REDUCE YOUR SPEED. Allow yourself more stopping time and avoid stopping at the last second, and you’re less likely to slide or skid your way into trouble.

Stranded in the Snow

Another common cause of accident or injury is driving headlong into a build up of snow and becoming stuck, where not only could you put yourself in a dangerous position, but because you may not be able to be seen, you could cause another vehicle to plough into you! The best way to avoid such a calamity is obviously by not driving in heavy snow, but if you have no choice, at least take a shovel, blanket, cell phone, and anything else that might prove useful in your digging yourself out and getting help. Some brightly colored cloth that you can use to draw attention wouldn’t go amiss either.

Stay safe out there!

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