WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…WINTER IS UPON US! Here at Platinum Insurance we want to offer some tips for driving on icy roadways.
Tip #1: Speed is directly linked to accidents on icy roadways. Always adjust your speed to accommodate the road conditions. Do not outdrive your stopping or maneuvering capabilities—in other words, drive at a speed with which you maintain control of your vehicle at all times. Expect the unexpected!
Tip #2: Always remember that braking on icy roadways can cause your vehicle to slide. Instead of jamming on or rapidly applying the brakes, please apply slow gentle pressure as this will afford a better chance of maintaining control of your vehicle. Should you encounter a situation which requires sudden braking, try to pump your brake pedal, intermittently—this could help you maintain control and prevent the vehicle from going into a skid.
Tip #3: Be cautious of black ice. Black ice is transparent, appears to be wet and is not easily identified, until it is too late. Use caution when driving on bridges or overpasses, especially if they appear wet. The wet look may actually be black ice. Regardless of how well your vehicle performs on the snow, ice is very unforgiving and it strikes without prejudice.
Tip #4 Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle(s) ahead of you. This is known as Assured Clear Distance Ahead (ACDA). ACDA is the distance needed for a driver to bring their vehicle to a complete stop without striking the vehicle ahead of them—at any given time. According to the National Safety Council, a rule of thumb for a safe following distance is three seconds. Three seconds may suffice on dry roads, but while driving on icy roadways this number should be increased to six-to-ten seconds. Use your better judgment and do not outdrive your capabilities or experience.
Tip #5 Drive in the lane(s) which have been cleared and / or salted. Following the same lane from which a plow truck leads the way may offer the best traction and safety. Remember to take your time and understand that you are not just driving for yourself…you are driving for those around you.
Conclusion: Please be safe out there and use caution when driving on icy roadways. Have a safe day and do not take unnecessary chances. Arriving a few minutes later than expected is better than not arriving at all!
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