Every year winter weather causes a serious uptick in the frequency of car accidents and motor vehicle related injury and deaths in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and all of New England. Here are some common causes:
Our cities and towns across Massachusetts and Rhode Island do their best to get out there and sand/salt the roads and highways when we have a winter storm, but this doesn’t protect us 100% from sliding off of the road or into another vehicle. Icy, snowy roads can be dangerously slippery even for the most skilled winter drivers.
Overly Aggressive Drivers
Some drivers are over-confident in their winter driving abilities and pose a threat to all of the other drivers out on the roads. This behavior is the cause of many car accidents, many of which involve other more cautious drivers. No matter how skilled of a winter driver you fancy yourself, please always be aware that snow and ice create situations which are beyond ANYBODY’s control.
Though it’s referred to as “black ice”, it is virtually transparent, which is what makes it all the more dangerous. Black ice tends to form quickly in the nighttime hours and into the morning. When you find yourself driving on black ice, you have little to no control over your vehicle. Needless to say, this is the cause of MANY a winter motor vehicle accident.
Be Safe, Drive Defensively
Your best bet during inclement winter weather is to not go out driving unless you absolutely need to. When you do find yourself behind the wheel make sure to drive carefully, and to drive defensively. you never know when another less cautious driver is going to come sliding into your lane. Just drive that much slower and be that much more aware.
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