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Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Published: February 25, 2013 072 6:07 pm

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Traffic in snowy weather | Tips for Driving in Winter WeatherEvery winter, as the snow falls and roads get slick, there are numerous car accidents. In many cases, these accidents are unpredictable, and probably unavoidable as they are caused by unseen patches of slush or ice. It takes time for the fleet of plows to get out and clear the roads, and everyone needs to use caution. If you or a family member have been injured a s a result of another driver’s negligence, speak to a Denver car accident attorney right away. Here are some helpful tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Avoid Unnecessary Trips. As traffic slows down and lanes some lanes of multilane roads may be impassable, the ability of the system to handle traffic decreases significantly. It is a good idea to just stay in whenever possible during bad weather. Certainly the surest way to stay out of an accident on an icy road is to stay off the icy roads. In addition, by lowering the number of cars using the roads, which have a decreased ability to handle traffic, the cars that are on the road are safer. Finally, many winter accident stem from a car sliding off the road. If, when this inevitably happens, there are few other cars around, there is much less chance of a minor accident becoming a major one.
  • Slow Down. It is important to remember that, regardless of speed limit, there is a law in Colorado that requires drivers to slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed if road conditions require it. While there may be plenty of room for debate about what is reasonable and prudent, the important thing is to be aware that slush and ice that you can’t see is more likely to cause an accident at higher speeds. In addition to this, if an unexpected hazard appears in the road, you need to be able to stop for it just as you would in good weather. With higher stopping distances caused by slick roads, this means that you need to driver more slowly.
  • Pay Attention to Everything. Frankly, this is something that drivers should always do, but becomes especially important with poor road conditions. Be aware that, not only might you hit a patch of ice and slide off the road, but the car driving alongside you might hit a patch of ice and slide into your car. If possible, giver other vehicles a wider berth than you normally would, and be vigilant not only of the road in front of you, but of the other drivers around you. You can’t control the actions of the other drivers with whom you share the road.

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