Even in warmer states such as Georgia, snow still falls a couple of times a year.
With January fast approaching, here are some tips to keep you safe while driving, even when snow is on the ground.
1. Take it slow
When you are driving in inclement weather, make sure to reduce your speed accordingly. Driving slowly and increasing the space between you and other cars will give you a better chance of stopping safely on slick roads.
2. Plan your route
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, planning your route can help you avoid dangerous traffic conditions. Plan to travel along a route that you know is likely to have had road crews take care of it. Main highways, for example, are usually heavily traveled and will be clear before back roads that are less used.
Additionally, you will want to give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Allowing extra time to arrive at your location will reduce the inclination to rush in case something does happen.
3. Pack extra emergency gear
While no one expects to wind up in an emergency, it is better to be safe than sorry. Pack extra emergency gear such as blankets, flares and jumper cables. Additionally, have a spare battery or two for your phone just in case.
It is easy to forget how to handle your vehicle during the snowy months. As a result, over 17% of accidents occur during winter weather conditions. It is important to understand what options you have if you sustain injuries as a result of a car crash.