Drive Safely in Winter Conditions January 15, 2021 By Page 1 Solutions Snow, ice, rain, sleet, many hours of dark – winter in certain parts of the country can throw a lot at motorists. It’s a good idea to plan accordingly to lower the risk of a motor vehicle accident. Consider these tips for safer driving this time of year: Reduce speed. Slower speeds can be helpful anytime there is poor visibility and reduced traction on the road. You don’t want to go so slow that you are causing a safety problem, but slowing down by 5-10 mph below the speed limit will allow you more time to come to a stop on slick roads, and it will allow you more time to react.Increase following distance. Like slowing down, increasing the cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you gives you more time to slow or stop if the vehicle in front does something unexpected. Even if you feel like you are driving pretty safely, other motorists may take unnecessary risks during winter weather, and you want to drive defensively by making sure you have an adequate following distance of at least 4-6 seconds.Drive right for the conditions. You’ll have to make decisions in the moment. Trust your experience as a driver and make decisions that suit the situation you are in.Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Gradual pressure on the pedals will help you maintain traction and control.Keep a level head. It’s easy to get flustered while driving in poor weather, especially if it’s taking place during a busy commute. Anger easily leads to aggressive, distracted driving. Prioritize a cool, calm and level head so you can navigate the situation as practically as possible.Prepare your vehicle ahead of time. Scheduled vehicle maintenance keeps your car in tip-top shape, which will improve performance in all sorts of weather conditions while preventing mechanical failure. While none of this guarantees you will be able to avoid a crash, making good choices will reduce your accident risk. If you believe an accident that injured you was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to pursue compensation with the help of an attorney. Please search our directory for an experienced accident lawyer in your area.