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6 Safety Tips for Driving on Icy Roads

Driving in severe weather conditions can be very dangerous. Winter storms alone contribute to nearly half a million car accidents and over 2,000 deaths each year. While there are certain safety precautions to take and vehicles have the technology to provide safety in the event of a crash, serious injuries can still occur. That is where a car accident lawyer at Wettermark Keith can help.

Although it is best that you do not drive in severe weather conditions, there are some specific safety precautions to follow in the event that you do. Wettermark Keith has created a list of 6 safety tips for driving on icy roads. 

#1 Slow down

While you should never speed, the chances of crashing while speeding on icy roads are significantly higher. You will be driving significantly slower than you would on a normal day so it is important that you allow enough time to get to your destination. Driving at a reduced speed will also allow time to stop or react if you have any issues along the way. 

#2 Gaining Control of Your Vehicle

Many people are at a loss of what to do in the event that their wheels lock up while driving in intense weather conditions. In the event that your back wheels lock up, you will need to remove your foot from the gas and turn your wheel in the direction you need the front wheels to go, and gently pump the breaks. If your front wheels lock up, you will want to allow your wheel to turn freely, remove your foot from the gas and put your vehicle in neutral and once it stops turning you will be able to steer the vehicle. It is important that you do not panic or make any sudden movements to the vehicle if you lose control.

#3 Keep Your Lights On

It is important to keep your lights on, even during the daytime. Winter weather can make it hard to see. Even if it is not snowing or icing, you need to make sure that you completely defrost your front and back windshields before you drive. 

#4 Do Not Accelerate 

Make sure to keep your distance and try not to accelerate more than you need to, especially if trying to go up a hill. Applying extra gas on icy roads will only make your tires spin. You will need to build inertia before you try going up a hill and it is also important to note that you should not stop on a hill. 

#5 Do Not Let Ice Stick to Your Windshield

If you notice rain turning to ice while you are driving, you should immediately turn on your defrost. This decreases the chances of the ice sticking to your windshield. If you notice that the ice begins to stick, you should pull over and scrape it off. It is very hazardous to drive with only a small space to see through on your windshield. 

#6 Keep Appropriate Gear in Your Car

It would be a good idea to keep some cold weather essentials in your car in case of an emergency. Some items to consider are canned food, water, medicine, warm clothing, and a glass scraper. Other things to keep track of at all times are making sure that your tires are inflated and that you have at least half a tank of gas at all times. Storing the right cold-weather gear and ensuring that your car is in good condition at all times will make it easier for you in the event that you cannot drive through severe weather conditions.