Eastern Connecticut embraces winter with anticipation and trepidation. For every jubilant skier and ice fisherman, there is a driver unsure of how to maneuver icy, snowy and slick roads.
When the latter happens, driving confidence shrinks. And, if you mix in the actions of a reckless or negligent driver sharing the road with you, this simply increases the chances of a collision leading to serious and potentially debilitating injuries. Take precautions when driving in the winter.
Keep a safe distance and drive slowly
Winter road conditions are a part of life in eastern Connecticut. Here are some important tips that may help you have a safer winter driving season:
- Slow down: Driving too fast for conditions is a common problem that may lead to crashes.
- Do not follow too closely: Give yourself extra space. Consider adjusting the four-second following distance rule to the six- to eight-second rule. The result: you achieve a greater stopping distance. Following too closely may lead to a rear-end collision.
- Avoid stopping while driving up a hill
- Avoid extra acceleration going uphill
- Slow acceleration and deceleration
Following certain precautions can help you successfully drive when confronted by challenges brought on by winter road conditions.
Safety and common sense
Safe and cautious driving during winter generally means reaching your destination without incident. Rely on a common sense, safety-focused approach when driving on icy and snowy roads.