Avoid Winter Driving Accidents
Back to driving basics
Snow and ice will give you a lot less traction on the road. Avoid sudden stops and lane changes. Now that the time has “fallen back” and we’ve all enjoyed that glorious extra hour of sleep, we have to deal with the consequence that no one seems to talk about: driving home in the dark of winter. As winter draws near and the days get shorter, auto accidents tend to spike. On slippery winter roads, especially here in Colorado, it’s time to get back to driving basics to avoid an accident.
That extra hour of sunlight in the morning is great, but that means that many of us are going to be driving home in the dark. Not only is there going to be less light, but the snow and ice that comes with shorter days and a Colorado winter makes driving conditions much more dangerous. Keep your cool behind the wheel, pay attention, and get safely to your destination.
If there’s ever a time to drive a little slower and take your time getting where you’re going, it’s during the winter when you’re dealing with icy and snowy roads. If you can, leave 10 minutes early to avoid rushing and causing an accident, or accept that you’ll be home 10 minutes later than usual. It’s better to be a little late than to get into an accident.
Avoid sudden stops and lane changes
If the conditions are wet, icy, or snowy, you’re going to have much less traction, so avoid sudden stops, stick to your lane, or change lanes carefully. Don’t weave in and out of traffic, and keep your distance. Sudden stops can cause skids and spins, and before you know it, you’ve caused a five-car pile-up on the highway.
Pay attention and keep your distance when driving in winter conditions.
Practice winter driving with teens
If this is your first winter in Colorado, or you have teens that have just started driving, go out for a practice drive in winter conditions. The more you practice, the more secure you’ll feel on the roads with other drivers. Your car is going to handle differently in the winter than the summer, and it’s important that your teens feel safe and in control behind the wheel.
Never text and drive
Of course, as always, leave your cell phone in your bag on the backseat. Texting while driving is always illegal (and dangerous) no matter the season.
Auto insurance in Colorado
Accidents can happen anywhere, no matter how carefully you drive. Auto accidents can be deadly and financially devastating. If you don’t have auto insurance or enough insurance, you could be left paying for expensive medical bills and lawsuits. Talk to one of our agents about the right auto insurance policy to protect you and your family in the event that you are liable for an accident or injuries.