Each year, about 1,259,000 weather related vehicle accidents occur, according to the Federal Highway Administration. On average, there are 6,000 deaths and 445,000 injuries resulting from those accidents.
How can you avoid becoming part of that statistic? Following a few basic best practices can make all the difference. For example:
- Driving with your lights on makes you more visible to other drivers on the road.
- Accelerating smooth and gradually to reduce the chances of slipping.
- Keep your speed down. Slick, wet roads mean longer stopping distances, slowing down and keeping more space when following other vehicles means less chance of sliding into another car, or off the road.
- Do NOT use cruise control.
These are a few small actions that can make a big difference. Take a look at the infographic below for more tips and best practices for safe winter driving.