As the icy weather condition in some parts of the country continues, Americans are being advised to stay indoors until the snow plows and the sanding trucks are done with their work.
However, if you can’t avoid driving in bad winter weather, make sure that your vehicle is well-prepared for the bad weather and that you absolutely know how to handle icy road conditions.
Here are few safety driving tips from our Los Angeles car crash attorneys for those who really can’t avoid going outdoor:
• It is better to drive slowly than going in a maximum speed on an icy road. Also, avoid tailgating. Always leave enough space to stop. A space that is three times than the usual between your car and the other car ahead of your vehicle is recommended.
• Brake slowly to prevent the wheels from skidding. Once the wheels have started to lock up, then you could ease off the brake.
• Turn the lights on so that the other motorists can clearly see you. Be sure that your lights and windshield are clean and not covered with snow.
• Keep driving in low gear to keep traction, particularly when driving on hills.
• Don’t use cruise control system to maintain constant driving speed on icy roads.
• Be extra careful on bridges, over passes and frequently traveled roads since they always freeze first even during above-freezing temperature.
• Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks since such vehicles have lots of blind spots. Also, you might encounter worse road condition in front of them than the road behind.
• The most important thing here is that don’t assume that your vehicle can handle all kinds of weather conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter troubles along the way.