Snow, sleet, and ice can make winter driving hazardous for all. The risk of accidents is much higher this time of year, and some accidents can have severe consequences depending on the circumstances. Being fully prepared for rough winter driving will decrease your accident risk and preserve your safety.
What Causes Winter Accidents?
Slick roads covered in ice and snow are a major contributor to wintertime collisions. Vehicles lose lots of traction in these conditions, which leads to sliding and skidding. Low visibility is another factor to consider. When driving in snowstorms, you may have difficulty seeing the road in front of you. These conditions greatly increase the risk of all drivers, especially when they don’t take the proper protective measures.
How Can Winter Accidents Be Avoided?
There are lots of steps drivers can take to reduce their risk of an accident:
- Decrease Your Speed – The posted speed limit is intended for ideal driving conditions. When the weather is bad, you should reduce your speed to increase distance between you and other vehicles. This ensures you can stop in time should you slide.
- Perform Vehicle Maintenance – A good set of windshield wipers are crucial during winter. While you should replace yours every six months, consider upgrading your current pair at the start of winter. Additionally, make sure your tires are in good shape and check pressure frequently.
- Stay Home If You Can – Check the weather report and avoid bad storms whenever possible. This is especially true if you’re planning a long trip. In this case, wait for the storm to pass by to ensure you make it to your destination in one piece.
Even though drivers in New Mexico won’t face ice and snow this winter, there are still a lot of road hazards out there. Should you be injured by another driver’s negligence, Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. are here to assist you.
Our car accident attorneys will use their considerable experience to establish negligence and help you pursue an appropriate settlement. Feel free to contact us to learn more or call 505-343-1776 to schedule a consultation.