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Winter Is Coming: How You Should Adapt Your Driving Style to Avoid Accidents

Steve Wagner

Indiana’s First Snowfall Reminds Hoosiers To Put Their Winter Driving Skills Back To Work

Hoosiers across several areas of Indiana recently saw their first snowfall of the season. Although the snow was mostly light, some isolated areas generated as much as an inch or two of the white stuff and the lake effect snow quickly created low visibility in parts of north central Indiana. While the sight of that first winter dusting is expected this time of year, the increased chance of being involved in a winter weather related car wreck is also more prevalent. At Wagner Reese, we want you to remember those winter driving skills and techniques to keep yourself and others safe on the road.

Winter Driving Requires Different Driving Techniques

Driving becomes such an instinctive activity for us that we think it may not require our active attention to make quick changes for safe traveling. Since Indiana residents are most likely using winter driving techniques for just a few months each year, it can be easy to fall back on normal driving maneuvers. Here are a few helpful reminders intended to keep you safe this season:

  • Wake up a bit earlier so you can warm up your dash to easily remove snow and ice from your vehicle before you hit the road. Most people cheat this rule big time, usually in an attempt to get to work on time. Leave yourself the time to clear your car off completely, especially the windows, lights, and all areas whether blowing snow could cause visibility issues (i.e. the hood, roof, and top of trunk).
  • Increase your following distance with the car in front of you from the “normal” weather recommendation of four seconds to around 8-10 seconds. This will prevent rear-end accidents (or tragic intersection accidents) caused when you cannot stop in time.
  • Drive in the most recently cleared lanes, especially on highways. It is much easier for a driver to lose control of their vehicle when crossing over the slush and ice build-up between lanes.
  • Never use cruise control on wet or icy surfaces. You may actually lose control!
  • If you are headed on a road trip or a long drive, stay updated on all the traffic and road construction happening by mapping your route in advance and knowing what you are headed into.

The dangers of winter driving extend far beyond snow, however. Ice, slush, fog, blowing snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures all pose a threat to Indiana drivers and can contribute to a serious winter driving accident.

Stay Safe and Connected with Us This Winter

During the winter driving season, we are all relying on one another to keep our community safe. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to write about winter driving topics on this blog and sharing tips for traveling during this time on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for when we talk about navigating through slush, sharing icy roads with big trucks, and knowing what to do if involved in an interstate accident this winter. Until then, please drive safely and enjoy the beautiful winter season!

If tragedy strikes and you or someone you love is injured in a winter related driving accident, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. We put decades of experience to work for you, and we won’t collect any fees unless your case is settled or won. Connect with us by submitting our online form, and our attorneys will review your information, and respond promptly. If you wish to speak directly with us, please call (888) 204-8440.

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