Snowfall can affect us in many ways, but none more than driving. Snowy, slushy, and icy conditions are capable of turning a routine commute into a nightmare. They aren’t just an inconvenience, they are a danger to everyone on the road.
Consider these winter driving statistics from Safe Winter Roads:
- More than 70% of the nation’s road are located in regions which receive at least five inches of annual snowfall.
- Approximately 116,800 people are injured (1,300 of them fatally) every year in vehicle accidents involving snowy, icy, or slushy pavement. An additional 76,000 people are injured (900 fatally) during snowfall or sleet.
- Roughly 24% of all car accidents occur on slushy or icy pavement. About 15% of these happen during snowfall or sleet.
- Average vehicle speeds can decrease by up to 15% during light snowfall, and as much as 40% during heavy snowfall.
- Stopping distance can be more than doubled during inclement winter weather.
- Winter road maintenance costs account for about 20% of state’s Department of Transportation maintenance budgets.
What can you do to stay safe while driving through winter weather? Try following these tips:
- Equip your vehicles with snow tires at the start of the season.
- Clear all snow and ice off of your car before driving.
- Exercise caution on the roads. Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maximize traction.
- Keep your headlights on to improve visibility.
- Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary. If you must, wait until the roads are plowed and salted before departing.
Have you been injured in a winter weather car accident? You may be entitled to receive compensation to pay for your damages from the at-fault party. If you live in North Carolina or South Carolina, the personal injury lawyers at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are ready to provide professional legal advice. Contact us online to start your free consultation, or call us anytime at (888) 286-5600.