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5 Tips for Avoiding Winter Accidents

Published on Nov 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm in Auto Accident.

It’s the time of year when winter ice and snow hit the Louisville, Kentucky area. With ice and snow comes plenty of wind, cold temperatures, and harsh driving conditions that can turn a relaxing afternoon or evening drive into one that’s far more perilous.

Winter car accidents account for a surprisingly large amount of traffic accidents in Kentucky. Icy roads, windy conditions, and poor visibility don’t mix well. Luckily, there are a few ways you can take extra precautions and drive defensively to avoid accidents. Here are 5 tips for avoiding winter accidents in the state of Kentucky:

  1. Always Keep a Safe Driving Distance

The first rule of driving defensively—in any type of weather—is to allow for a proper amount of space between your car and the other vehicles around you. During icy weather this becomes even more important. Icy roads require extra brake time. Poor visibility can also make it difficult to react to brake lights, etc., as fast as usual. Give yourself extra space for sudden stops, turns, or merges, and you’ll be one step closer to keeping everyone around you safe.

  1. Keep Your Windshield Clear

Before driving in the winter, make sure to properly defrost your windshield and remove any snow from it as well as from your lights and mirrors. Give yourself extra time in the morning if you expect snow. It’s also a good idea to keep your windshield washer fluid topped off throughout the winter. If it starts snowing without warning while you’re on the road, you’ll need to clear any ice off quickly.

  1. Be Wary of Invisible Ice

During a winter rainstorm, it’s quite common for rain or soft snow to fall to the pavement then immediately freeze, quickly covering the road in ice. When this first occurs, it’s often clear ice instead of white. It can also appear as black-ish in color due to the color of the pavement. It can be very difficult to see this type of ice. It may even seem invisible. Be extra cautious during icy conditions.

  1. Drive Slowly During Light Rain and Snow Conditions

Be extremely careful when it’s just starting to snow or rain during the winter. This is the likely time when fresh, slippery ice will form. Newly-fallen ice or snow is also the most dangerous since it will often be mixed with the oil from the road and can cause a car to slide out of control. When in doubt, drive slower than normal during harsh weather.

  1. Don’t Drive While Distracted

Distracted driving causes hundreds of accidents every year in the state of Kentucky and everywhere in the U.S. It’s one of the leading causes of car accidents, in fact. During harsh winter driving conditions when drivers can prevent accidents by simply driving more carefully, the last thing you want to do is distract yourself while behind the wheel. Driving while distracted is never good, but during the winter season, the implications can be even more devastating.

By following the above tips and being more careful during unpredictable wintertime weather, you can help save your life as well as the lives of everyone around you. If, unfortunately, you’ve already been involved in a car crash and question your legal options, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Thomas Law Offices today. Tad Thomas, Louisville, KY car accident lawyer, and his expert team of personal injury attorneys can give you the legal help you require to get back on your feet again.