Connecticut residents will soon be inundated with cold and snowy weather resulting in poor driving conditions, many times, as a result of snow and ice. In an effort to reduce the number of accidents that occur on CT roadways, is best to follow some simple advice while operating a motor vehicle on roads that contain slippery surfaces. Certainly, the best advice for driving in bad weather is to stay off the roads, if at all possible. If the roads are especially slippery, it is very important that you have a vehicle that has four-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive as most rear wheel drive or front-wheel-drive cars have a great deal of difficulty in getting up even slight inclines which create all kinds of potentially problematic situations which can result in accidents and injuries to others.
If it is imperative that you drive your car on icy roadways, then you should make sure your car is properly prepared and that you understand how to operate a vehicle on slippery roadways. It is very helpful to practice winter driving techniques in open parking lots so that you can familiarize yourself with how a car operates in conditions such as these without having to worry about hitting other vehicles. This technique is especially important for newer drivers who have never operated a motor vehicle on snowy or icy roadways and will be completely unfamiliar with how to handle these new and potentially dangerous driving situations. There are a number of other tips and suggestions which should be utilized when driving in slippery conditions.
First and foremost, you should leave yourself plenty of additional time so that you are not rushed or operate your vehicle at a speed whereby you cannot control the car. You should also leave plenty of room between your vehicle and vehicles around you so that you have enough room to stop or avoid hitting or coming into contact with other vehicles. You should break gently to avoid skidding and when you feel your wheels start to lock up, if you do not have antilock brakes, it is best to ease off the brakes. Make sure your lights are on to increase your visibility to other motorists and use low gears to keep traction, especially while operating on hills. You should not use cruise control while driving on icy roadways and be especially careful when driving over bridges, overpasses, infrequently traveled roads and roads that are in the shade for a good part of the day because they will be more slippery than other sections of roadway. You should also make sure that all of the snow and ice is cleared from your vehicle before operating it so that you do not create a hazard for other drivers on the roadway and so that you can properly see outside of your vehicle.
It is important to utilize common sense when operating a car or other motor vehicle on slippery roadways. You should completely eliminate distractions while operating a vehicle in potentially hazardous conditions which would include turning off the radio, not using your cell phone, not texting other individuals, and not having any family pets in the car who might otherwise distract you or become a deadly missile if you are hit by another vehicle. If you utilize these important safety tips and rules, then you can potentially decrease your exposure to being involved in a serious accident. If you have been involved in an accident, caused by the fault of another, while operating your vehicle on a Connecticut roadway, then please visit our website at www.hcwlaw.com so you can download one of our free ebooks, read our articles or view our videos on a variety of accident and injury related subjects.
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