Driving during bad weather is hazardous. Driving on some days can be almost impossible due to bad weather and road conditions.
Just about 25 percent of all weather-related crashes are the result of snowy, slushy and icy roads. And it is not just the condition of the streets that is an issue. The reduced visibility can be a significant problem as well.
Earlier this year, 60 people were injured and five killed in a horrific multi-vehicle crash involving a tour bus, three tractor-trailers, a FedEx and a UPS truck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The tour bus was driving in the left lane and crashed into the center barrier, skidding across the road and rolling back onto the road, blocking both lanes of traffic. A chain reaction resulted. Five were killed, the bus driver and a passenger, two UPS drivers and a young child on the tour bus.
At the time of the accident, the Pennsylvania Turnpike had bad weather, and the road was slippery. Driving in bad weather conditions is challenging for many drivers who fail to adjust to the changing and challenging conditions.
What can you do to be safe during bad weather?
When bad weather hits, it is good to know how to behave to avoid an accident. Below is a list of actions that may help you navigate challenging weather:
- Always make sure your lights are on
- Clean all of your lights to enhance visibility
- Remove all ice and snow from your car before leaving
- Wear a seatbelt
- Watch for black ice as it can be deceptive
- Do not ignore weather warnings and make alternate plans if needed
- Do not drive while distracted
- Do not use cruise control
- Slow down
- Do not overreact when steering, be careful
- Keep at least a three-car distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you
- Maintain control over your car by accelerating/decelerating slowly
- Use your brakes with caution
Nothing can bring back a loved one after a fatal car accident. At Melaragno, Placidi & Parini, we know this and stand behind you and your family in your time of need. We are intimately familiar with car accidents during bad weather. Call us today about your case.