New Jersey winters are sometimes harsh, making the roads more dangerous. Although many drivers strive to be safer during the season, it’s possible to get into an accident. These are some common winter driving hazards and how you can avoid them.
Ice on the roads
Even if it’s not actively snowing while you’re driving, it’s possible to hit a patch of ice. Black ice is particularly dangerous because you can’t even see it. To avoid this winter hazard, you should take extra precautions with your speed and distance traveling behind the vehicle ahead of you.
Even the smallest precipitation can pose the risk of a car accident. If you’re driving in the snow, slow your speed and leave plenty of space between your car and the one in front of you. If your vehicle suddenly slides or skids, taking such measures might prevent a crash.
If the snow is coming down hard and you’re already on the road, be extra careful and travel slowly. However, if you’re at home during a heavy snowstorm, it’s best to stay put and avoid driving until the weather clears.
Visibility is a big factor that can lead to accidents when driving in the winter. Whether it’s snowing or foggy or if it’s nighttime or very early in the morning, it can be difficult to see. This can make for a disastrous situation as other drivers are probably in the same boat as you. Travel at slower speeds and give plenty of extra distance between vehicles. Avoid using your high beams when other cars are near you because it can make visibility even worse.
Your tires are a big factor in how your vehicle fares while driving in the winter. You should have all-weather tires to maintain good traction on the road and avoid using tires that are worn down. As a rule of thumb, you should change your tires every six or so years.
Using common sense while driving in winter weather can make a difference and keep you safer.