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Should drivers adjust for winter road conditions?

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Winter is not always a “wonderland” when snow and ice cover the roads. Drivers could find themselves nervously attempting to navigate the dangerous conditions. Some drivers may not care about how slick Colorado roads become after snow falls. These drivers could drive recklessly, increasing the chances of a collision. Safer drivers may embrace better driving practices, behaviors that could keep them from causing a crash.

Adjusting driving to deal with snow and ice

Traveling at a high rate of speed proves risky under any driving conditions. When the roads are icy, a fast-moving vehicle presents even more dangers. Hitting the brakes might prove futile if the car slides on the ice due to its speed. Sometimes, a driver may need to stop without warning, such as when an animal darts onto the road or another vehicle makes a sudden stop. Icy roads make stopping difficult.

Tailgating, like speeding, comes with dangers. Tailgating during winter conditions might increase the danger level, yet impatient drivers may embrace the practice. Frustration with drivers “moving too slow” may lead someone to become impatient and drive unsafe for the road conditions. An accident might follow.

Even drivers who put safety first may find themselves narrowly avoiding collisions. Paying attention to the road, avoiding distractions, listening to vehicle warning alerts, and adjusting for road conditions are all steps that may decrease the potential of an accident.

Unsafe vehicles on the road

A car owner may install winter tires on a vehicle, which could increase traction. Another driver may ignore recommendations to replace old tires and take to the roads with worn treads. Owners who neglect vehicle maintenance could become responsible for motor vehicle crashes.

Cautious drivers could learn winter-specific defensive driving skills. Formal instruction on how to deal with skids or brake better on icy roads could save lives.

Maybe the safest plan is not driving at all. If road conditions are terrible, avoiding nonessential travel seems helpful. Unfortunately, many people have to drive in horrible conditions, and they cannot control what other people do on the road. They might be able to take legal action if someone’s negligence resulted in a crash.

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