Winter driving can be hazardous in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the combination of slick roads and heavy traffic can make for a scary experience. If you are unfamiliar with the city or don’t know how to handle the snow and ice, it’s best to avoid driving.
How to Stay Safe While Driving in the Snow
It takes skill, experience and preparedness to avoid winter accidents. Tips for safe winter driving include:
- Drive carefully to avoid personal injury. Slow down and be alert when driving in the snow. Drive at a reasonable speed, stay within your lane and use your hazard lights if you must stop.
- Snow flurries may obstruct visibility. Keep your headlights on so that other drivers can see you.
- Avoid driving in snow drifts.
- Use caution on icy roads. Be especially cautious when making turns or stopping on the side of the road. If you must brake suddenly, do so gradually and carefully.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly winterized before driving in the snow. This includes having enough fuel, checking your tire pressure and having proper winter tires installed by a professional installer.
- Carry emergency supplies in case of an accident. This includes food, water, first-aid kits and blankets.
- Stay informed about road conditions by checking online.
- Call 911 if you become stranded or have any other emergency while driving in the snow.
The Dangers of Fatigue
Icy road conditions pose a major threat to winter drivers. As dangerous as these conditions can be, fatigue increases the likelihood of an accident when there is ice and snow. Injuries caused by fatigue are common in both novice and experienced drivers alike. Unfortunately, inexperienced drivers are more likely to drive too fast or make poor decisions in bad weather because they’re fatigued.
Experienced drivers tend to become more careless with their driving when they’re tired because they’re no longer concentrating as well. So, if you do plan on driving during the winter season, make sure you take precautions such as getting plenty of sleep and drinking enough fluids.
Drive carefully, be prepared and stay focused to avoid injuring yourself or others when road conditions are icy and treacherous.