Accidents tend to occur at the best of times when driving. Add in a little – or a lot of – snow, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for disaster. Although you might be better off if you did not drive in the snow at all, sometimes you just have to. In such unavoidable circumstances, it then becomes extremely important to take certain precautions to remain accident-free.
Is driving in the snow essential?
The first measure to take in order to remain accident-free when driving in the snow is to just stay at home. Subdue your adventurous side, forego the thrill and the excitement, and concentrate on being safe. You can easily go outside after the snowfall and enjoy all the charms and marvels of the winter season.
If you just cannot avoid driving in the snow however, make sure that you use snow tyres that are tyre industry approved for snow traction. The tyres of your car should have 1.6mm deep tread at least. This will provide your vehicle with snow traction and keep you accident-free in the snow.
You Need to See!
You will not be very safe if you cannot see, now will you? Make sure you have adequate vision by replacing the windshield wiper blades and by thoroughly cleaning the inside of your windows. Furthermore, employ water-shedding materials and make sure you have ample anti-icing fluid in a working windscreen washer system.
You Need to Be Seen!
You are not the only possible cause of accidents. Others might be too, especially if they cannot see you. Make sure your headlights and tail lights are not obstructed by the snow, and keep them switched on. If any or all of your lights are not working, do not drive at all or pull up and wait for the snowfall to die down.
Brake, Brake, Brake!
Applying brakes when driving in the snow is very different when compared to ordinary circumstances. They take longer to fully engage and the vehicle takes longer to come to a halt due to the low traction available. Always give yourself ample space and time to apply the brakes and remain accident-free, regardless of the weather outside.
Prevention is Better?
If you just absolutely have to drive in the snow, come what may, it is significantly better to be prepared than to be sorry about it. Safe driving in the snow begins before you ever get into the vehicle. Maintain your vehicle regularly, equip it with all the necessary gear for winter driving, perform checks every single time you go for a drive, and make sure the tank is at least half full, just in case of emergencies.
Sometimes though, no matter what you do or what precautions you take, it is impossible to remain accident-free in the snow. If you happen to be in an accident and someone else is responsible for it, contact Accident Advice Helpline for help in dealing with the consequences.
Date Published: October 7, 2013
Author: David Brown