Changing driving approach in winter could prevent crashes

Fortunately, there are things that everyone can do to try to keep the roads safer this winter. The first is to be aware that roads could be slippery, in particular those that are not often travelled or are overpasses or bridges. As a result of the potential slickness, it is important to drive at a lower speed. Similarly, when faced with situations where you need more traction, it is a good idea to adapt your approach and shift to a lower gear.

Knowing what to do when your vehicles starts to skid–which it likely will on a slippery road–is a necessary skill. The approach will vary depending on what type of brakes your vehicle has. For those who have ABS or anti-lock brakes, the key is to apply steady pressure. However, when a vehicle is equipped with standard brakes, gently pumping them is the best way to proceed. In either situation the best approach is to steer the vehicle in the direction you want the front wheels to go.

The failure to follow safety tips such as those outlined above could result in an accident. When the negligent actions of a driver lead to someone being injured that driver could find that he or she is facing a lawsuit.

Source: Weather.com, “Driving in snow and ice,” Accessed November 11, 2014