Leading Causes of Winter Car Accidents

Distracted driving, excessive speeding, and tailgating are dangerous no matter what the weather, but some causes of accidents are particular to winter. Be extra cautious this winter to avoid collisions in these circumstances.

Ice: Icy roads are probably the single most frequent cause of winter accidents. Ice on the road makes braking, turning, accelerating, and backing up more difficult. When driving on ice, be sure to be extra cautious. It’s a good idea to plan routes that avoid hills and to use major roads that are frequently plowed. While attempting to brake in a car with anti-lock brakes, apply gentle constant pressure. If your car doesn’t have anti-lock brakes, you should pump your brakes to stop more effectively.  Winter tires in good condition will definitely help, but caution is still a must.

Bald Tires: Before each winter, you should bring your car in for a general check-up. The state of your tires is important to asses before driving in snowy or icy conditions. Bald tires are a common cause of winter accidents because they are ineffective at gripping the road. Be sure to have your tires rotated and checked for bare spots before it gets too icy on the roads.

Poor Visibility: Snow and ice that builds up overnight on your car’s windshield is a constant source of winter frustration. Always wait to begin your excursion until your windshield is completely clear of ice. Keep your windshield wipers in working condition and always be sure to fill your wiper fluid. A functioning defrost system inside your car is also imperative during winter.