This past weekend, I dropped my daughter off at Kennedy Airport in New York City so she could fly back to her home in Washington State. As I was returning to Connecticut, a light snow began to fall. The driving conditions suddenly worsened, which did not seem to affect a certain portion of the driving public. At one point in time, while I was proceeding slowly on the highway, a young man in a muscle car passed me driving quite quickly. Less than one mile up the road, the same driver had crashed his car into the median guardrail and was on the roadway picking up pieces of his car. Additionally, we had to literally stop on the highway and wait approximately one hour for the police and tow trucks to come and remove multiple cars that were involved in an accident ahead of us. As I was sitting there, I could not believe how reckless many of these drivers were while operating their car in a snowstorm.
Tragically, I read in the newspaper the next day about an accident on that same highway where a truck driver was unable to stop his vehicle and hit a car in the passing lane, from behind, killing two of the occupants of that motor vehicle.
What can you do to greatly reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident during a snowstorm? There are a number of great recommendations and suggestions that will either completely eliminate your risk of being involved in a car accident or will greatly reduce your risk of being severely injured or even dying in such a crash.
First and foremost, unless it is an emergency, you should not drive a motor vehicle during a snowstorm. The chances of being involved in an accident are greatly increased and it does not matter that you are a careful driver because many other people are driving on the road ways in a negligent and reckless manner.
If you must drive a motor vehicle during a snowstorm then one of the best things you can do is to slow down. It is not enough that you are operating your motor vehicle at the speed limit because in many cases that may be too fast. You need to adjust your driving speed to the environment and circumstances around you. If the speed limit on the highway is 55 miles an hour and you are driving in a blinding snowstorm it stands to reason that you will have to greatly reduce your speed, which in some cases may be almost to a crawl.
You need to make sure that you have experience in driving on snowy and slippery roadways. You need to know your motor vehicle so you understand how hard or how soft you need to touch the brakes, how sensitive is your car to steer and how does it handle in the snow. Is your car a front wheel drive or a rear wheel drive car? A front wheel drive car is easier to operate in the snow because if you begin to skid you can merely let off the gas and gently steer into the skid. If you are driving a rear wheel car that it is much more difficult to operate because if you begin to skid you may have to steer counter to the direction in which you were skidding to correct the fishtailing of the backend of the vehicle.
You should also be constantly aware of your surroundings. Be ever mindful for white out conditions or the sudden appearance of black ice.
You should also make sure that when you are driving a car that you should have the least amount of distractions possible. You should not be using your cell phone, the radio should be off, and distractions should be kept to a minimum. You need to be hyper alert, not only to your own driving, but with the other drivers on the road. If you may need to engage in some type of emergency driving maneuver you need to be as prepared as possible.
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