Indiana is prone to extreme winter weather, and it’s not uncommon for accidents to happen frequently as a result. As you begin preparing your home for snow, ice and cold temperatures, it’s equally important to be aware of the increased risks of driving in winter conditions.
What are some causes of winter accidents?
Thousands of drivers sustain injuries in auto accidents that occur on roads that are slick, icy or snowy. Conditions like these can make roadways particularly dangerous, and wrecks often happen because of:
- Poor visibility. Precipitation can make it difficult for drivers to see other cars, particularly at night.
- Maintenance issues. When traveling on ice and snow, cars with worn tires may be more difficult to maneuver.
- Icy conditions. When ice covers the road in a thin layer, it can be very difficult to see.
How can you avoid winter car accidents?
Practicing a few winter driving tips can go a long way in helping you stay safe while on the road. Most importantly, slow down whenever you’re driving on icy or snowy roadways. This will ensure you have enough time to stop or turn without sliding.
You should make sure your car is ready for winter weather too. Check the treads on your tires along with your battery and headlights. Make sure your antifreeze, oil and windshield wiper fluid levels are adequate.
Before you get in your car, clear snow and ice off your windshield, headlights and windows before attempting to drive. Keep an ice scraper in your glove box, so you can remove snow and ice that accumulates while you’re driving if necessary.
The best time to prepare for winter road conditions is always before you get in your car. Practice winter driving safety to keep yourself and others safe all season long.