Winter Driving Tips

snow-plow1Cold weather presents new challenges for drivers in southeastern Indiana. Constant temperature changes result in freezing and thawing, which is a recipe for icy roads when combined with any form of precipitation. This is likely a contributing factor to the increased number of occurrences of automobile accidents in winter months.

Winter driving conditions are often unexpected and can cause even the safest drivers some anxiety. In this post, we’ll share some tips to help you stay safer on the road this winter.

The Tortoise Had the Right Idea

You probably remember the classic fable about the tortoise and the hare. When snow, ice, fog, sleet, or other adverse weather conditions present themselves, remember the tortoise. If you must drive in these conditions, drive slowly and take your time. Speed limits are meant for good weather; in bad weather, it often makes sense to slow down to protect yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the road.

Use special care when braking in adverse weather conditions. Allow more time for your vehicle to stop. Brake early and brake carefully.

Tricky Conditions

Road surface conditions can be more challenging on bridges, since they tend to freeze more quickly. Exercise extra caution when approaching and driving across bridges in cold or wet weather.

Highway entrance and exit ramps pose an additional challenge since they often receive less anti-icing treatments than main roads. Drive slowly and be aware that these areas can be extra slippery.

Although you may rely on your cruise control often in warmer weather, it’s best to avoid it in winter conditions as it could cause you to lose control of your vehicle in ice or snow.

Be Cautious

Pay extra attention to what is happening on the road ahead of you to make sure that you have enough time to stop if the vehicle ahead of you brakes or turns suddenly. Remember that large trucks and semis are heavier than other vehicles and take a longer time to stop safely. Allow them extra room on the road. It’s also important to leave extra room for road maintenance vehicles and plows as they work to make the roads safe for everyone. The road in front of the plow is typically in much worse condition than the part of the road that has been plowed, so be patient as they clear the road.

Slow down while driving this winter and be sure that your lights are on to ensure visibility.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.