An informative safety post from The Pulse details handy advice by AAA to reduce winter road mishaps this season. Since icy roads and snowy conditions can lead to brutal vehicular accidents, it’s extremely important for drivers to have access to knowledge that can keep others along with themselves prepared and safe.
Top Four Winter Driving Tips
While all drivers should remain highly alert and cautious in adverse weather, here are four tips to help you feel more confident driving in risky conditions, such as snow:
- Understand the exact conditions of your route before venturing to your destination. AAA recommends that you be mindful of any weather forecasts and news reports about major roads and routes. Make sure to leave with ample time before embarking towards a destination to avoid sudden roadblocks or other unforeseen issues.
- Practice Proper Vehicle Maintenance. Make sure that there are no issues with your car internally or externally that could cause a mishap such as a flat tire or malfunctioning engine. Also, keep an emergency kit that is easily accessible containing water, first aid, blankets, etc just in case the unexpected happens.
- Drive responsibly. Follow the speed limits and adhere to all traffic signs and rules. You should never try to speed to a destination when the roads are icy or take dangerous driving actions such as trying to cut in front of another driver or driving aggressively.
- Always wear a seatbelt! Studies from the CDC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration both demonstrate that in the event of a crash, seatbelts can save lives.
Annual United States Crash Statistics
Information compiled by the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT):
- More than 38,000 people die every year in crashes on U.S. roadways. The U.S. traffic fatality rate is 12.4 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
- An additional 4.4 million are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.
- Road crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for people aged 1-54.
- The economic and societal impact of road crashes costs U.S. citizens $871 billion.
- Road crashes cost the U.S. more than $380 million in direct medical costs.
- The U.S. suffers the most road crash deaths of any high-income country, about 50% higher than similar countries in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
- Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities continue to rise in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more pedestrians and cyclists were killed in 2018 than in any year since 1990.
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