Winter is officially here, which means drivers across the country are already dealing with slippery roads, poor visibility, and unpredictable weather capable of some unpleasant surprises. While some accidents can't be avoided, many can be prevented if you take the weather into account and adjust your driving accordingly.
- Giving More Space: Stopping is more difficult on snowy, icy roads, so give yourself more time by leaving extra space between you and the car in front of you. Try to time it so it takes eight or nine seconds for you to reach a landmark after the vehicle you're following has passed it.
- Accelerate & Decelerate Slowly: If you start out too quickly, you risk skidding and losing control of the vehicle, and the same goes for stopping. For the best, safest results, build up speed gradually, and slow down well in advance of a stop. Actually, if you can avoid it, try not to stop at all, since the power you'll have to use to get going again could cause you to slide on slippery roads and get into an accident.
- Coast Up Hills: Trying to give your car additional power on a hill could simply result in more wasted energy. Instead, accelerate as you approach the hill, and allow that momentum to carry you over. Once you're on the other side, decelerate slowly to maintain a controlled descent down the hill.
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