According to one source, Massachusetts is currently tied for the second snowiest winter on record. The massive amounts of snow and ice that have accumulated over the recent weeks has created hazardous conditions on highways and residential roads throughout the state, even leading to some fatalities and numerous serious accidents.
Whether you have plans for long trips this season or are just trying to get to work, safety should always come first. The following tips can help you avoid accidents and cope with the wintery conditions.
Go easy on the brakes.
It sounds counterintuitive – when your car starts slipping, shouldn’t the brakes be the first thing you touch? In reality, it is quite the opposite. Slamming on the brakes can cause your tires to slip and make you lose control of the car. Slowly tap the brakes if you feel yourself start to slide and steer in the direction of the skid.
Watch for what’s in front of you.
While it may be easy to spot the snow drifts, ice camouflages itself well, particularly black ice. Keep your eyes on the road in front of you while driving and be on the lookout for suspicious patches of roadway. If other drivers are ahead of you, pay attention to their behavior, as well.
Leave extra space between you and other drivers.
Winter is not the time for aggressive driving. If you have somewhere to be, make sure you give yourself ample time to get there and always place extra room between you and other cars. The ice makes it hard to brake quickly, so additional leeway can prevent unnecessary collisions.
Keep your gas tank at least half full.
Temperatures in Massachusetts have consistently been dipping below freezing, which is a prime time for your gas line to freeze up. Make sure your tank is always at least halfway full whenever you’re out on the road.
Accidents in inclement weather conditions can be even more frightening than an ordinary collision. If you find yourself in an accident this winter, give our Worcester car accident lawyers a call. We have many years of experience and can help you protect your rights!