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7 Tips for Driving in the Snow

Snowy conditions in New Jersey and New York can make streets and highways slippery, causing numerous car accidents and reminding residents of the dangers of winter driving.

The best tip for winter driving is to stay home, or at least remain where you are until the snow plows have had a chance to clear the roads.

Its the holiday season and visit family,so if you are going to be driving  it’s wise to learn how to correctly deal with driving in the snow and on icy roads. Do you know how to handle snowy and icy road conditions?

Winter driving conditions such as rain, snow and ice dramatically affect the braking distance of a vehicle. Your capability to complete a smooth and safe stop is severely limited due to reduced tire traction.

The three key elements to safe winter driving are:

  • Stay alert
  • Slow down
  • Stay in control

The following are a few tips to keep you, your passengers and those around you safe during the winter months when the roads are icy:

  • Decrease your speed; leave yourself a lot of room to stop
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility
  • Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads
  • Run your air-conditioner to remove condensation and frost from the interior of the windows
  • Watch for black ice – it’s almost transparent that often looks like a harmless puddle
  • Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions

If you get stuck:

  • Don’t spin your wheels – you will only get in deeper
  • Turn your wheels from side to side to push snow out of the way
  • Gently touch the gas to ease your vehicle out
  • Try a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels
  • Pour sand, gravel, salt or even kitty litter in the path of the wheels

Regardless of your driving skills or vehicle preparation, there are some winter conditions that cannot be conquered. The above tips may help prevent snowy and icy roads from ruining your day.

Snow can be very dangerous; it is important to remember that though you may not see ice, it can still be on the roadways – take proper precautions. I urge you, if you don’t have to get behind the wheel in icy weather, stay home.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, there are certain steps you can take which will make it easier for you to get the compensation you are entitled to. Call the personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We know what it takes to make sure you get fair compensation. A winter car accident is one of the worst kinds of car accident to have, given the potential for harm and liability. There are so many variables inherent with a winter car crash—and there are state and local municipal regulations governing winter driving. If you have a car crash in snow, an insurance adjuster may trick you into admitting liability just to avoid paying a claim.

Contact New Jersey’s Top Weather Related Accident Attorneys for a free no obligation consultation we can help you every step of the way, visit us online we invite you to fill out our contact form today. We are conveniently located in Bergen County, New Jersey and New York City.

2014-01-06T18:08:49+00:00