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The hazards of winter driving and how to prevent accidents

As winter rolls in, it will usher in various challenges for drivers. Navigating icy roads with reduced visibility requires drivers to increase caution to ensure safe travel.

By recognizing and addressing potential hazards from reduced visibility and icy roads, drivers can learn to traverse the roadways safely.

Accidents may increase with prolonged darkness

Unfortunately, 2022 was the deadliest year for pedestrians and drivers within Connecticut, with more than 300 fatal crashes occurring in 2022. One of the main reasons for winter accidents is the longer evenings and freezing fog. To ensure visibility, drivers need functioning headlights and taillights. Use lights even during daylight hours to help enhance visibility to other motorists and pedestrians.

Icy roads may pose a silent threat

As the temperature drops, precipitation freezes on the road surfaces, transforming them into more dangerous paths. Drivers must be vigilant on bridges and overpasses because these areas tend to freeze first. Reduce your speed on potentially icy roads and maintain a safe following distance to allow other drivers to react.

Braking techniques and tire traction can reduce accidents

Ample tire traction grips icy roadways and reduces the risk of slipping in cold, snowy conditions. Ensure that your tires have proper inflation and adequate tread depth. Winter tires can help increase stable winter driving. Likewise, so can regularly checking the tire pressure and rotating your tires.

Remember to apply your brakes with finesse. If you brake suddenly or aggressively, you may skid and lose control. Gentle, gradual braking allows the anti-lock braking system to function more effectively.

When you drive in the winter, your movements should be deliberate and cautious to help stay as safe as possible on the road.