Snow accidents: Poor visibility

When it comes to driving safely and avoiding a road traffic accident, maintaining clear visibility is an absolutely essential ingredient.

This is particularly important when driving in wintery conditions. Snow and ice on the roads can mean making last minute adjustments extremely complicated and difficult. The earlier you see a development, the more chance you have of reacting to the situation.

Car accidents: what factors cause poor visibility?

–  Rain

–  Fog

–  Sunlight

–  Wind-speed

–  Snow

This list reveals that just about every type of weather can cause poor visibility on the road.

Wind-speed is a problem not of itself, but because of the consequences. Dust and debris blown across the road can cause both distraction and impaired visibility.

As is so often the case, the most problematic of these weather phenomena is snow. The thickness of the snowflakes, and drops, impair visibility to a significantly greater extent than rainfall.

The staying power of snow is also hugely problematic in terms of poor visibility, and the potential for traffic accidents. Heavy snowfall can cover important details on road signs, whilst a predominantly white landscape can make it difficult to pick out certain individual objects.

How can I avoid a car crash when visibility is poor in the snow?

Before setting off, it is vitally important you make sure that your vehicle has been fully cleared of snow. Don’t forget to get it all of the roof or you could be in for a nasty shock the first time you use the brakes!

It may also be necessary to take additional precautions, such as chains around the tyres, to avoid suffering a car accident in the snow.

When it comes to the journey itself, always leave plenty of time in which to reach your destination. Motorists in a rush are more likely to take risks, make mistakes, and cause accidents on the road.

It’s also important to be extra aware and considerate of other motorists. Many people become increasingly nervous and anxious when driving in the snow, so it’s best to leave plenty of space for other motorists.

If you do suffer an accident on the road, it’s worth remembering that you may be due some traffic accident compensation, especially if the traffic accident in question was not your fault.

Accident Advice Helpline offer a free-phone advice service for initial consultation, and can then take your accident claim through to a conclusion.

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