When You Have to Drive in the Snow
Snow is in the forecast. That’s a phrase you hear every week if you live in New Jersey. Unfortunately, snow is a reality throughout the remainder of the week. Baring any type of state of emergency, some of you will undoubtedly have to take to the roads during the inclement weather. Luckily, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone is here to provide you with safe winter weather driving tips.
Weather-Related Safety Information
Before we tell you how to stay safe on a snowy road, there is some information you need to know. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 21% of all vehicle accidents are weather-related. These types of crashes account for an annual average (2007 – 2016) of almost 5,367 fatalities. Close to half a million people suffer injuries each year because of accidents related to weather.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides some key information pertaining to winter weather driving too. Slick roads are the most common cause of accidents when it snows. Of course, visibility is another factor to worry about depending on how fast the snow is falling or how much is coming down. It may be too late to see other vehicles that have crashed because of the weather conditions.
If you’re not sure how bad the weather is before you hit the road, you may want to look here.
Tips for Driving in Winter Weather
Driving in snow and ice can seem like a scary experience for even the most skilled drivers, especially if your visibility has been reduced dramatically. If you have work or there is a medical emergency, you will have to get in your car and face the elements. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Stay Alert: You should always keep your eyes on the road when driving in winter weather. Make sure your gas tank is full because you don’t know what type of situation you may run into.
- Avoid Risky Driving Behaviors: This is simple – obey the law! Don’t text and drive, obey the speed limits (you should probably drive even slower if necessary), and drive sober.
- Navigate Around Snow Plows: Don’t travel beside a snow plow and try to stay a good distance behind it. Snow plows can produce whiteout conditions that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react.
Those tips are just a few of the things to keep in mind when driving in winter weather in the Garden State. If you were to get into an accident or get stuck on a snow-covered roadway, don’t worry. We have information for that too.
If your vehicle is stopped on a roadway due to winter weather, the first thing you should do is stay in your vehicle. For emergency purposes, put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light turned on.
Did You Get into An Accident? Contact Our Offices Today
Were you or a loved one involved in a winter weather-related car accident? The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been helping accident victims for thirty years. Contact our office to set up an appointment to discuss your claim.