A Winter Storm swept through Massachusetts and Rhode Island this past weekend, leaving the region with dangerous icy driving conditions. Cities like New Bedford, Fall River and Providence have had crews out trying to clear de-ice and sand the roads. According to NBC News WJAR, Rhode Island State Police have been investigating had investigated 42 car accidents and assisted with 10 disabled motor vehicles on Sunday alone. Busier routes like Interstate-195 through Seekonk to Fall River and Route 10 between Cranston and Providence see more car and truck accidents during these winter road conditions. Here are some winter driving tips to avoid car accidents and to share with your teen driver or less experienced driver friends:
Be Prepared And Prepare Your Vehicle
Your best bet during inclement winter weather is to not go out driving unless you absolutely need to. One of the best things that you can do is to prepare yourself and your vehicle as best you can before heading out. Clear your entire vehicle of snow and ice. Snow left on the roof and hood can wind up on the windshield or rear window, obstructing your view. Bang off the snow from your shoes before you get into your vehicle to avoid slippery gas and brake pedals. Always use your seatbelt and give yourself extra time to get to your destination. When behind the wheel make sure to drive carefully, and to drive defensively. You never know when another less cautious distracted driver is going to come sliding into your lane causing a dangerous head-on car accident. Just drive that much slower and be that much more aware.
Tips For Driving In Snowy / Icy Conditions
- Remember that posted speed limits are meant for ideal conditions; adjust your speed when the roads are snowy/icy.
- Always avoid distracted driving.
- Try not to make sudden stops or direction changes, such as going across three lanes of traffic to make that last minute exit.
- Make sure to leave enough space between you and the vehicles around you in case a sudden stop is necessary.
- Keep your headlights on when visibility is poor.
- Drive defensively. Do your best to anticipate what other drivers may do.
- Slow down while approaching intersections.
- Be ready for sudden icy patches on bridges and in shaded areas.
- Keep an eye out for pedestrians who may not be able to use uncleared sidewalks.
- Do not drive during a snow storm, unless it is imperative.
D+Z: Experienced Car Accident Attorneys In Massachusetts & Rhode Island
If you or a family member have been left with injuries in a car accident, please contact us to speak with an experienced attorney. Dussault & Zatir P.C. has lawyers on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions. With offices in New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton, Massachusetts, as well as an office in Providence, Rhode Island, if you’ve been injured, our lawyers are here to fight for you.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.