In the heart of Winter, with nearly two months remaining until Spring, snowfall can cause hazardous driving conditions for commuters. Therefore it’s essential to identify dangerous road conditions and take preventative measures to ensure your safety! Treacherous driving conditions should never be taken lightly! Commuting in Winter weather without proper safety precautions can make your everyday route into a perilous journey.

Know the facts

According to the Federal Highway Administration over 100,000 people are injured each year in Winter related driving accidents, and more than 1,000 people lose their lives in Winter weather driving crashes. The most common age group involved in Winter related car accidents are teenagers, the second most common are senior citizens. Teenagers are the most inexperienced drivers on the road. Therefore it’s crucial they receive experience driving in all different types of weather conditions. More than 60% of the U.S. population live in areas that receive more than five inches of snowfall each year.

Understand dangerous driving conditions

Commuting through hazardous driving conditions don’t only exist when there is snowfall. Other perilous weather patterns could be threatening to drivers…

  • Slush
  • Freezing rain
  • Roads that turn icy quickly when temperature drops
  • Heavy winds
  • Impaired visibility due to glare from sunlight reflecting off of snow

The three P’s

The National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration advocate all drivers to know the 3 P’s for safe driving. Prepare, Protect and Prevent

Prepare

  • Make sure your vehicle is well maintained
  • Clear all windows and mirrors of snow and ice
  • Have an emergency roadside kit on hand
  • Have an alternate route if conditions are too hazardous

Protect

  • Always wear seatbelt
  • If you’re traveling with infants, car seats should be properly installed
  • Make sure exhaust pipe is clear of snow and ice debris

Prevent

  • Drive within the legal speed limit, alternate speeds for icy conditions
  • Avoid distractions, electronics and texting
  • Be alert for vehicles and pedestrians. (Your reaction and stop time will be altered due to the inclement weather)

 

Unsure about having the proper coverage for your personal or commercial vehicle before embarking on driving through hazardous conditions? Call our office @ 631-224-1000 if you have any questions or concerns. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you!

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