Here at 4N6XPRT Systems, we provide accident reconstruction and investigation software that helps to determine what went wrong in an automobile accident. Naturally, we learn a great deal about the causes of car accidents and what drivers can do to prevent them. Now that snow is falling in many parts of the country, we figured it was a good time to reach out with some advice for driving safely amidst treacherous snow and ice.
The first snowstorm of the year is often the worst when it comes to traffic, as drivers move especially slow. Don’t get frustrated. There’s a good chance you need practice just as much as they do, even if you don’t realize it. Overly confident winter drivers are no fun to share the road with, and they can put everyone else at risk. In fact, you might even consider taking your vehicle to an empty parking lot to make sure it’s up to the task of the season, all while getting yourself reacquainted with the terrain.
While the inconvenience of cold climates draws the ire of many drivers, it’s actually not that bad as long as you plan accordingly. Leaving 10 minutes early may not melt the snow, but it sure can melt away the stress of rushing through your snow-filled morning commute. You might want to consider alternate routes when the conditions call for it.
Take Care of Your Car
It’s easy to forget how much harder our vehicles have to work in freezing temperatures and on slippery roads. First and foremost, you should keep an eye on your tires. Have them checked by someone who knows what they’re talking about. It’s also worth making sure your battery is in good health. Getting stranded because of a dead battery is no fun, and it can actually be very dangerous. Speaking of which, make sure your cellphone is charged and keep an emergency road kit in your car for good measure.
If You Lose Control
It’s a terrible feeling when your car begins to skid uncontrollably, and most people’s gut reaction is to yank their steering wheel towards the other direction. In fact, you should do the opposite, turning very subtly into the skid while braking. Unfortunately, even if you lose control, the insurance company will still hold you liable for certain damages. Wouldn’t it be nice if Mother Nature could foot the bill?
Even if you’re the safest of winter drivers, always trust your instinct if you feel like you might be putting yourself and others at risk. There’s no shame in pulling over and waiting out the storm. However, if winter conditions do lead to an accident, 4N6XPRT Systems can help to determine what happened and how it can be prevented next time.