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Winter driving tips to avoid a car accident

Driving in the winter can be extremely dangerous. This is especially true when there are snowy conditions on the road.

The Federal Highway Administration reports that almost three-fourths of Americans live in cities that receive more than five inches per year. As a result, over 115 thousand Americans are injured in snow-related driving accidents each year. Sadly, snowy road conditions result in almost 1,500 deaths.

As residents of Colorado, it is important that you consider several factors when driving in the snow. Five tips for winter driving can include:

  1. Drive slowly: Driving slowly is the easiest way to avoid an accident while driving in the snow. There is nothing you need to be at that is more important than your safety, so remind yourself to snow down on snowy days.
  2. Six-second rule: Normally, drivers are encouraged to leave a three-second window between them and the car in front of them. This means it should take at least three seconds to pass by an object after the time the car in front of you passes it. When it is snowing, or the roads are icy, drivers are encouraged to double or triple the following-distance in case the cars in front of you come to a stop.
  3. Do not use cruise control: While your cruise control might be set to a lower speed, it is extremely dangerous to use cruise control in the snow. Your car will be more likely to spin on slippery surfaces, especially if the cruise control is on and you are not prepared to step on the brakes.
  4. Keep your gas tank at least half full: There are several reasons to keep your gas tank full in a snowstorm. First, it will keep your car running if the roads are blocked and you are unable to get to a gas station. Second, if it’s extremely cold, gas tanks that are close to empty can freeze. This will prevent your car from starting and you can be left stranded in a snowstorm.
  5. Keep a supply kit in your vehicle: Supply kits are essential in the winter. In your supply kid, it can be helpful to keep extra clothes, blankets, hand warmers, ice scrapers, window breakers, shovels and anything else you think might be helpful if your car stalls or you become buried in snow.

Drivers are encouraged to stay safe— and warm— this winter. However, if you sustain injuries in a car accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

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