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Three tips for driving in winter weather

| Jan 31, 2021 | Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Safety

Winter is here in Cincinnati, and with it comes ice, snow and slick roads. Driving in winter weather takes extra care to avoid causing a car crash. The following are some tips for driving in winter weather.

Slow down

When roads are slippery, you do not want to speed, even if it means driving below the posted speed limit. Vehicles have limited traction on slick roads, which could make handling your vehicle difficult. In addition, it is important to speed up and slow down slowly to avoid skidding and crashing into someone, especially when approaching an intersection. It takes a longer time to slow down on slick roads.

Do not tailgate

It is important to keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you when roads are covered in ice or snow. As mentioned, it takes a longer time to stop on slick roads. It is recommended to keep a five to six second following distance in winter weather. Tailgating could result in a rear-end collision.

Approach hills carefully

Slick hills are especially dangerous in wintertime. If you try to apply extra gas to get up a hill, it is likely your tires will just spin, getting you nowhere and possibly causing a crash. Instead, try to build up some inertia before approaching a hill, and let that inertia carry you up your hill. In addition, once you get moving up the hill, do not stop. You could risk rolling back down the hill, crashing into a vehicle behind you.

Learn more about car accidents in Ohio

Snow may be beautiful, but when it is covering Cincinnati roads it is a hazard. Drivers must be extra-cautious to avoid causing a car crash when roads are covered in ice and snow. If you were involved in a wintertime motor vehicle accident, you may want to visit our firm’s website to learn more about your legal options.