When the weather turns for the worse, stay off the roads if possible. When forced to drive in snow and ice conditions, being aware of a few driving safety tips can help prevent Missouri car accidents. If possible, practicing the following safety tips in an open snowy/icy parking lot can allow you to understand exactly how your automobile handles in bad weather conditions.
Driving Safely On Icy Roads
If forced to drive on icy roads, remember the following:
1. It is not smart to use cruise control and/or overdrive. These devices can lull drivers into a false sense of security and decrease reaction time, causing unnecessary crashes.
2. Keep a safe distance between vehicles in order to avoid the need for sudden braking.
3. Ensure lights and windshields are always clean.
4. Reduce normal driving speed and keep your vehicle in low gears. Keeping vehicle in low gears is important when driving on icy hills.
5. Overpasses and bridges are often the first roadways to freeze. In addition, infrequently traveled roads accumulate snow and ice much faster and are cleared less often.
6. Make sure you are visible to other drivers by turning on headlights and fog lights.
7. Wait until the Missouri Department of Transportation has an opportunity to clear and salt roadways.
8. It is important to stay clear of salt and sand trucks, as well as snow plows. Visibility is further limited around these vehicles.
How To React When Your Rear Wheels Begin To Skid
The most important thing to remember is to stay calm, then:
1. Reduce your speed by taking your foot off the accelerator.
2. Know in advance whether your car uses anti-lock brakes (ABS) or standard brakes. For vehicles with anti-lock brakes, never pump the brakes. Instead use a firm steady pressure and you will feel them pulse. Vehicles with standard braking systems are advised to gently pump the brakes.
3. Remember to steer your vehicle in the direction you want your front wheels to head.
How To React When Your Front Wheels Begin To Skid
Again, remaining calm saves lives. Remain calm and:
1. Remove your foot from the accelerator and do not make any sudden steering changes.
2. As your vehicle begins to slide and slow, traction will return and control of the vehicle will begin to return.
3. Making sure there is a safe operating distance between you and other Missouri motorists will ensure you have the space and time to regain control of your vehicle.
Black ice is responsible for countless Missouri and St. Louis car accidents every year. Black ice is an invisible glaze of ice which leads drivers to believe roadways are safe. Ignoring the possibility of black ice tricks drivers into operating their vehicles at unsafe speeds and unsafe distances between other drivers. Black ice frequently forms at night and early mornings due to decreased temperatures. Bridges and overpasses are also hotspots for black ice.
Missouri Driver Responsibilities
Driving in ice and snow mandates a higher level of attention to existing conditions. Icy and snowy roadways mandates all drivers to respect the rules of the road and look out for the safety of fellow motorists. If your failure to pay proper attention to existing road conditions results in an auto accident, you are responsible for all the harms and losses caused. If you have been injured as the result of another driver failing to obey the rules of the road, contact St. Louis car accident attorney Chris Dixon immediately at 314.409.7060 or toll-free at 855-402-7274.