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Tips for avoiding a car accident in winter

On Behalf of | Nov 13, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Wintertime is an especially bad time for car accidents in some parts of Virginia, so motorists will want to consider the following tips on safe driving. First of all, they can avoid accidents by not going outdoors until it’s necessary. When they have to, they must slow down. When snow is on the ground, the tires will lose their traction, and the lack of road grip will affect braking as well.

Drivers should accelerate slowly and brake gradually to a stop so as to prevent skidding. They should, of course, be familiar with how ABS works along with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. Since braking distances go up in snowy or rainy weather, they should make sure to keep a good distance from the car in front.

Whenever possible, they should avoid coming to a full stop because starting at a full stop is problematic. Drivers can try to maintain some momentum when approaching traffic lights. Going uphill, drivers are encouraged not to step on the gas because this can cause the wheels to spin around to no avail. They should never stop when on an incline but should make sure to slow down when reaching the crest.

Motor vehicle accidents, no matter what season they occur in, are almost always due to human error. People who have been injured in a crash often require extensive periods of costly medical care and treatment, during which time they might be unable to return to work. Victims of a collision caused by the negligence of another motorist might want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for their losses.