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Tips for Driving in Snow, Sleet and Ice

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers provide detailed safety tips for winter driving. Perhaps the best tip for driving in snow, sleet or ice is avoid it, if possible. Unfortunately, that is not always an option. If possible, drive a vehicle with four-wheel drive. However, it is important to remember that nothing makes drivers invincible on the road and everyone is vulnerable to car accidents, especially when bad weather is involved.

Driving on Ice

When driving in icy conditions, keep your speed low. Add more distance between vehicles – as much as three times your normal distance. Remember that stopping takes longer in bad conditions, and skidding is a real possibility, especially when ice is prevalent. Avoid using cruise control or overdrive if there is ice on the roads but keep your car in low gear if you’re going up or down hills.

Before starting out, make sure your windshield is clean so that visibility is as good as possible. Put your lights on, so other drivers can see you more easily. Even if another vehicle is going slowly, don’t pass it unless conditions are safe, and never pass a snow plow or sand-spreader as you will be driving on untreated road. The iciest areas include back roads, bridges and overpasses. Take even more care when traveling on these venues.

Skidding

Skidding is a scary feeling, but don’t panic. Keep these important factors in mind if your car starts to skid:

  • If the rear wheels skid, remove your foot form the gas pedal and steer the car in the direction you want your front wheels to go. In other words, if the rear wheels are heading left, you should steer right, and vice versa. You may have to go back and forth a few times before your vehicle gets completely out of the skid.
  • If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, do not pump them. Instead, apply steady pressure. If your car has standard brakes, you can pump them lightly.
  • If your front wheels are skidding, remove your foot from the accelerator and shift the vehicle to neutral. Steer your car in the direction you want it to move. Once you are heading in that direction, put the auto back into drive and gently move forward.

What to Do If Stuck

What should you do if your car gets stuck in a snowstorm? First, be prepared – carry a snow shovel in your trunk for such emergencies. Also, keep sand or cat litter on hand, either of which can help with regaining traction. Dig the snow away from your wheels and the vehicle’s underside. Once the snow is out of the way, try shifting your car gently from forward to reverse, and repeat until your car breaks free.

If you do find yourself stuck, do no spin the wheels. This action will dig you in even more.

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Those Injured in Car Accidents on Icy Roads

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. Call 215-569-8488 or complete our online form to schedule an initial consultation. Our offices are located in Philadelphia and we work with clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.