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Motor Vehicle Accidents in New Jersey

How to Reduce the Risk of a Winter Weather Automobile Wreck

Motor Vehicle Accidents in New JerseyIt’s November, and in New Jersey, that means that snow or ice may be in the forecast any time for the next 4-5 months. The winter weather can make driving treacherous, limiting visibility, as well as your ability to stop or negotiate a turn. There are, however, some simple strategies you can employ to minimize the risk that you’ll be hurt in a motor vehicle accident this winter.

Be Prepared for Winter Driving before You Get on the Road

Whether you’re headed to the grocery store or visiting family upstate for a few days, take the time before you pull out of the driveway to be as safe as you can be:

  • Warm up the car before you leave, so that you won’t have condensation, frost or fog on the inside of the windows
  • Take the time to clean all snow and ice off of your car, including the hood, windows, front and back lights, and roof of the vehicle
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread
  • Make certain that all turn signals, headlights and brake lights function properly

Use Reasonable Caution When on the Road

Assume that you’ll need a little more time and distance to come to a complete stop, so pay close attention to posted speeds and stay below them. Reasonable caution does not necessarily mean driving at a crawl—that can pose a risk of collisions with other motorists as well.

Make certain that you allow enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Under normal conditions, you should allow on car length for every 10 miles per hour at which you are traveling. In snowy or icy conditions, consider bumping that up to two car lengths, so that you have ample room to stop.

Try not to put yourself in situations where you slam on the brakes—feathering your brakes will give you greater control. Anticipate turns and make them more gradual, if possible, so that you don’t fishtail around a corner.

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