Old Southwest, Virginia

3 Tips for Avoiding Winter Auto Accidents January 18, 2018

Old Southwest, Roanoke
3 Tips for Avoiding Winter Auto Accidents, Roanoke, Virginia

It's no secret that winter weather can create difficult driving conditions. Fortunately, there are several ways to prepare for slippery roads and poor visibility. Knowing how to safely maneuver your vehicle through inclement weather will help you avoid an auto accident and ensure you reach your destination safely. The following tips will keep you safe on the road this season.

How to Prevent Winter Auto Accidents

1. Take It Slow

Whenever you venture out this winter, give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination. Remember to accelerate and decelerate slowly on wet or icy roads and avoid abrupt stops as much as possible. When you have to brake, apply gentle pressure to the pedal, and make certain there is ample space between you and other people on the road.

2. Turn Off the Cruise Control

auto accident Roanoke VAWhen the roads are covered in snow or slush, you need to have as much control over the vehicle as possible. Although cruise control is a convenient feature, it prevents you from changing speeds as needed and can be hazardous in winter conditions. Using cruise control on an icy road increases the risk of spinning out and getting into a car accident. Get in the habit of driving without cruise control for the duration of the winter.

3. Follow the Six-Second Rule

Sometimes, the safest way to drive in the winter is to leave plenty of space between yourself and other motorists. The six-second rule allows enough room to decelerate and stop safely. Look for a specific point or landmark and start counting when the car in front of you passes it. If you can count to six before passing the marker, then you are at a safe following distance. Leaving this much space between cars is an important step towards preventing winter auto accidents.


If you are hurt in an auto accident, let the accident and personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates explain your legal options. Since 1979, this Roanoke, VA, team has been representing clients throughout the state’s southwestern region. Call (540) 342-2000 to arrange a free telephone consultation, and visit their website to learn more about their car accident services. Follow the firm on Facebook and Twitter for more legal tips.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Crandall Daniel L & Associates PC
Crandall and Katt, Attorneys at Law Offer Local Scholarship Opportunity , Roanoke, Virginia
Many people dream of pursuing higher education but find it challenging to come up with all the funds necessary to cover the substantial cost of obtaining a post-secondary degree. Thi...read more
Why You Need an Attorney Experienced in Car Accident Claims, Roanoke, Virginia
If you have been hurt in a car accident and believe another person is to blame, you have a right to take legal action. If you do, you want a knowledgeable attorney with experience in...read more
What Exactly Are Torts?, Roanoke, Virginia
If you incur damages because of another party’s negligence, you may have grounds for a tort claim. A tort is simply a civil wrong that one party inflicts on another. Whethe...read more
Injured in an Auto Accident? Why You Should Call an Attorney Immediately, Roanoke, Virginia
After an auto accident, many victims believe they should wait until their wounds fully heal before talking to an attorney, while others believe the other driver’s insurance company w...read more
Common Injuries to Look for After a Car Accident, Roanoke, Virginia
In the event of a car accident, an affected driver can leave the scene with severe injuries and even injuries that are unseen to the untrained eye. Here are a few of the most common ...read more