Strategies for Safe Driving
Driving on Snow & Ice
- Slow down and increase your following distance from 3-to-4 seconds to 8-to-ten seconds. Slick roads make it hard to stop, steer and respond to other drivers.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. This is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.
Nothing is scarier than losing control of your car on an icy road. This winter, take extra precaution when approaching shaded spots, bridges, overpasses, and intersections. These areas tend to be the slipperiest because of increased traffic or water covering melted ice. Focus your attention at least 20 to 30 seconds in front of you so you have the necessary time to react.
This winter, if you experience a skid in your vehicle on an icy road, here are some tips for regaining control:
- Don’t panic – a calm approach is needed
- Steer in the direction you want to go
- Avoid slamming on the brakes – it will only make it harder to regain control
- When you do stop skidding, gently steer your car forward.
In New Jersey, we’ve experienced winter storms that have sometimes stranded drivers. At Levinson Axelrod, we encourage you to be prepared by keeping a few important items in your car, including:
- A bag of salt, sand, or kitty litter
- Tools to remove snow and ice
- A flashlight and warning flares
- Booster cables
- And cell phone
Were you injured in a motor vehicle accident? Contact the New Jersey accident lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Your neighbors, your lawyers!