Tips for Driving in Icy Conditions

Winter weather in New England often makes headlines, and rarely for positive reasons. Many people in the region have been forced to contend with icy roads and other dangerous conditions. As a result, there have been countless car accidents in New Hampshire, Vermont, and other areas. Some collisions prove deadly.

The greatest advice for driving in snow and ice is to not do it at all. Unfortunately, that is not realistic for everyone. If you have no choice but to drive on icy roads, here are some tips to keep you and your passengers safe:

  1. Slow down. Driving on icy roads is tricky and it is easy for your vehicle to get out of control. Slow down as you hit ice.
  2. Leave plenty of room. Not only do you need to decrease your driving speed, you also need to ensure that there is enough space for you to stop. It is recommended that you leave at least three times more space than normal between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  3. Keep your lights on. You must ensure that other drivers can see you. Make sure that your lights are clean too.
  4. Be light on the brakes. It is important that you brake gently, in order to prevent skidding. If your wheels begin to lock, let up on the brake.
  5. Avoid cruise control. You should also not use overdrive when you are traveling on icy roads.

Even if you take the above safety precautions, you still cannot control the behavior of the drivers around you. If you become injured in a New Hampshire or Vermont car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to pursue compensation. It would be best to speak with an experienced attorney who will be able to explain your legal rights and options.

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