While not many people think of motor vehicle accidents during the winter season, motor vehicle accidents are common in winter months due to certain hazards. It pays to be extra vigilant while driving in winter weather, and you can take specific steps to stay safe on the road.
There are many reasons why icy roads can be hazardous during winter months. Firstly, they provide less traction, making it difficult to brake and turn safely. Secondly, ice can cause vehicles to slide or skid, which can put you in a dangerous situation. To reduce your risk of motor vehicle accidents on icy roads, make sure to take extra care when driving and reduce your speed to allow for shorter braking distances.
Poor visibility and snow
Fog, snow and darkness can all reduce visibility on the roads. Poor visibility reduces drivers’ ability to spot hazards and make decisions quickly, so it is important to drive cautiously in these conditions. If visibility is severely reduced by fog or snow, you may want to consider pulling over and waiting until the weather improves before continuing your journey.
Secondly, snow can make it difficult to see the road ahead and can cause vehicles to slip or slide on turns. To reduce your risk of motor vehicle accidents, make sure you keep a safe distance between your car and other motor vehicles and drive with caution.
Animals on road
Animals, such as deer and moose, can be hazardous as they may appear suddenly on roads due to their habits of foraging for food during colder months. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye out and reduce your speed when driving in rural areas. Additionally, you should avoid swerving or braking harshly if you encounter an animal on the road.
If your motor vehicle breaks down or you become stuck in the snow, make sure to call for help immediately. Make sure to stay with your motor vehicle and follow any safety protocols that are suggested by your motor vehicle insurer or local authorities.