Tips for Driving Safely in Winter Weather
Arkansas may not experience as much severe winter weather as other parts of the country, but when temperatures reach the 30s, there’s still a chance of ice forming on roads. In fact, bridges can become icy even before temperatures drop below freezing, which means it’s important to be cautious and alert all winter long.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we know that inclement weather often means an increased risk of car accidents, especially in areas where people aren’t used to driving in those hazardous conditions. You can’t always rely on salt and brine to completely de-ice roads in our area, so it’s vital to drive cautiously.
You can help reduce your risks while driving in winter weather by following these tips:
- Be conscientious of your speed at all times. Speeding is one of the primary causes of auto accidents, including those that happen during inclement weather. Never exceed the speed limit during winter weather, and avoid suddenly accelerating or decelerating to maintain better control of your vehicle.
- Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. The stopping distance for vehicles increases when there’s snow on the road, and ice can render brakes nearly ineffective. Keeping more distance between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you can help reduce the risk of a collision if you encounter slick roads.
Unfortunately, not all drivers are as cautious as they should be in winter weather. If you or someone you love were hurt in a crash that was caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation, and our Arkansas car accident lawyers want to help. Call today for a free consultation.