Avoid Car Accidents: Prep For Winter Driving
Winter is around the corner, bringing with it snow, ice, reduced visibility and other hazards that affect road conditions and increase the chances of car accidents. Fortunately, there are a multitude of resources online to help you prepare yourself and your vehicle for the season. Here are just a couple good ones.
Ian Law of Wheels.Ca offers a nice list of winter tips. Even if you’re accustomed to the frost, snow and slush, you should be able to find some useful tips, like this one:
One of the contributing causes of winter crashes is cold weather attire. Never drive wearing winter boots or coats. Motorists wearing winter boots have often stepped on both the brake and gas pedals at the same time, causing crashes. After removing all the snow and ice from your vehicle, take off your winter coat and boots and drive wearing thin-soled shoes. This will allow you to feel exactly how much pedal pressure you are applying and to which pedals.
The article goes on to point out that it is not just control of the pedals influenced by winter attire:
A sweater or light coat will make you more comfortable and will reduce fatigue. The added resistance from a bulky winter coat is counterproductive to applying smooth steering corrections to remain in control. Seat belts rarely fit properly over winter coats, increasing the chance of injury in a crash. Never drive while wearing wool or cotton mitts. Use leather-palmed gloves to prevent your hands from slipping on the steering wheel.
Cafe Mom, a blogger originally from Colorado, takes this a step further. In the following video, she discusses how a winter coat can make your child’s car seat unsafe:
There are many more safety tips at the sources linked below, so please take a few minutes to check them out.
It is also important to remember that the weather can impede emergency services from getting to the scene of an accident quickly, especially during white out conditions.