Car accidents occur for many reasons, but winter weather and icy roads increase the risk of getting into a collision.
Winter driving requires paying extra attention to the conditions on the road, but you also need to watch out for other drivers. It is difficult for anyone to drive in a winter storm, but negligence could lead to an accident.
Hazards of winter driving conditions
Car tires often struggle to retain a grip on the road during wet and icy conditions. The most basic driving functions of changing a lane, making a turn or braking become more dangerous when the tires do not have enough traction. For commercial trucks, losing traction with an oversized load can lead to catastrophic results.
In addition to icy surfaces, drivers can experience poor visibility when it is snowing or sleeting. The winter sky is often dark or cloudy, limiting how far you can see. The glare from white snow can blind drivers, creating a potential for accidents.
Maintenance failures from winter conditions
Poor tire traction inevitably causes concern with braking during winter conditions. In order to remain safe on the roads, drivers should increase the following distance and put more space between them and the car in front. If a car’s headlights or brake lights are out, it further reduces the visibility of the car when driving in dark conditions.
While you are not in control of the weather, you have a responsibility to drive more carefully during winter weather conditions and address any maintenance concerns with your vehicle. Acts of negligence can lead to accidents and personal injury.