However, what many forget is, icy roads are responsible for more deaths per year than tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and thunderstorms combined.
And, how you approach the roads during a storm contributes significantly to whether you’ll find yourself sliding toward another car and getting into an accident. So, think about these points:
1. Just How Slippery
Even after some freezing rain or a light dusting of snow, a road’s surface is already slick. You might tell yourself, “But I purchased a car with all-wheel drive, and added snow tires this year. I should be safe.” Yet, no vehicle is truly safe, and even with just a small amount of precipitation, a car has potential to lose control and begin swerving and sliding.
2. Watch How You Drive
You don’t even need to start driving recklessly over ice and through snow. In fact, driving as you normally would – at the speed limit and not lengthening your stopping distance – increases your risk for getting into an accident.
Unsure about how to drive in winter conditions? Get ready before going out on the road with these tips from Trantolo & Trantolo.
As well, even if snow’s not in the picture, black ice remains a threat on the roads. Following a rainstorm in winter, be watchful as you drive over dark, slippery patches.
3. Watch Where You Drive
Ice tends to make certain places more slippery than others:
- On bridges and overpasses – Perhaps one of the most dangerous places to be, a bridge or overpass is exposed to air on all sides. As a result, when temperatures drop, the bridge’s surface accumulates snow and ice faster. For drivers, this sudden change in surface catches many off guard.
- Steep hills – Gravity can make a car slide down hill, leading to an accident or property damage.
- High-speed roadways – Here, drivers get a false sense of security and may try to drive faster. Yet, with ice covering the road, it’s easier to lose control.
- Curves – As they go around the corner, drivers are more likely to fishtail.
Even when you drive carefully, ice-related car accidents may still happen. When you’re dealing with a difficult insurance company as a result, have Trantolo & Trantolo represent your claim. To speak with one of our lawyers, contact one of our Connecticut locations today.