Snow and ice make the roads slippery, making it more difficult to maintain traction. The loss of control can make it more likely for you to get into a collision with another driver.
While it is preferable to avoid driving in winter weather, sometimes it is not possible. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are driving behaviors you can modify to stay safer on the road during conditions of snow and ice.
1. Turn off cruise control
Cruise control allows your car to accelerate or decelerate automatically to maintain a consistent speed without you pushing the pedal or brake. While it makes driving more pleasant during favorable conditions, it can contribute to a hazardous driving condition during winter weather.
2. Drive slowly
When the roads are icy or covered with snow, it takes longer for you to accelerate, turn and brake. Decreasing your speed helps you to maintain control during these maneuvers.
3. Watch for ice on bridges
Even when the weather is cold, the ground holds onto some warmth and may prevent ice from forming on the roads. Suspended in midair, a bridge lacks this insulation and may freeze before the road does. For this reason, you may have to decrease your speed before going over a bridge.
4. Increase the stopping distance between you and other vehicles
Trying to decelerate too quickly on slippery surfaces can cause you to skid and lose control of your vehicle. Give yourself a cushion of space between your vehicle and others so you have time to decelerate slowly and come to a gentle stop.
By following these steps, you can modify your driving behavior to avoid causing accidents. Unfortunately, you cannot force other drivers to change their behaviors. If they do not, you may become injured as a result.