Every winter, snow and ice contribute to increased automobile accident risks due to the unique roadway hazards that they create. According to the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHA), 70% of Americans live in snowy regions. To help lower crash risks, the American Automobile Association (AAA) is reminding drivers about a few simple steps they can take to get home safely.
The FHA reports that the top wintry condition factors to contribute to higher winter crash risks are decreased vehicle maneuverability, reduced roadway capacity, and lower pavement friction. Data from the agency shows that 1,300 people are killed and more than 160,000 others are injured in car accidents in snowy, slushy, or icy pavement each year. Additionally, 900 others lose their lives and 76,000 more sustain nonfatal injuries in collisions that take place during periods of sleet or snowfall.
Not only do people do people need to be especially careful driving in adverse weather conditions like snow, ice, and sleet, but they also need to make sure they are prepared in case of an unexpected roadway emergency. The AAA offers the following tips for drivers who are on the road in snowy or cold weather conditions:
If you are unable to avoid driving in adverse weather conditions, try to keep an eye out for ice patches, potholes, plow trucks that may pull out or turn in front of other vehicles on the road, and private roads that sometimes have a buildup of ice or snow. If your car does begin to slide or skid out, take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in the direction that the front wheels should go. Keep pressure on your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes. If the rear wheels begin to skid, the driver should take his or her foot off the gas and shift the car into neutral. The driver should hold off on steering until the vehicle starts to slow down. Once the car’s tires gain traction, the driver can put the vehicle back into gear and start to accelerate again slowly.
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