winter car accidents

Tips for Avoiding Winter Car Accidents

West Virginia is one of the most dangerous states in the country for drivers. And to make matters worse, this danger only increases during the winter months. Therefore, it’s important to have a plan in place to stay safe while driving in West Virginia during the winter. In this article, we discuss some tips for avoiding winter car accidents in West Virginia. 

Ride the Skid

If you are driving, and your wheels lose traction, it’s best to ride it out. In other words, don’t panic and slam your foot on the brake if you feel your car start to drift due to snow or ice. Hammering on the brake will only make you lose even more control. Instead, gently lay off the gas pedal and steer the nose of your vehicle back towards the center line. 

Don’t Use Cruise Control 

You should only use cruise control on long stretches of straight, clear roads. Winter conditions make cruise control dangerous, so don’t use it during the winter. Cruise control keeps constant pressure on the accelerator of your vehicle. Therefore, if you lose traction, cruise control will keep your wheels moving forward, and this increases the odds of a dangerous skid.

Don’t Drive Too Closely Behind Other Vehicles

Although this is a good rule of thumb for driving in any kind of weather, it is especially important during the winter months. Under normal driving conditions, it is recommended that you leave two car lengths between you and other vehicles. However, during the winter, you should increase this number.  

Check Your Tires

In order to stay safe on the road during the winter months, you don’t necessarily have to purchase special tires. However, a set of all-season tires with good tread and minimal wear are essential for staying safe on winter roads. Bald tires are extremely dangerous in icy conditions, so be sure to check and replace your tires as needed prior to winter. 

Check the Weather

By paying attention to weather conditions before driving, you can avoid unsafe road conditions. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. One of the best habits you can develop during the winter is to check the next day’s weather in the evening. This will allow you to adjust your plans (if necessary) to avoid unsafe driving conditions. 

Contact a West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Today 

If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident in West Virginia, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. When you bring your case to the experienced attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore, we will do everything in our power to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries. We are highly experienced in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, so you can rest assured that we’ll be ready regardless of the direction your case takes. Please contact our office today for a free initial consultation.