Weather Is Not the Only Concern for Winter Drivers
Being a safe driver is not just about following traffic laws and obeying the rules of the road. It is also about anticipating danger and reacting to your surroundings to avoid accidents. This becomes increasingly difficult in Vancouver, where the weather can drop to -10 degrees Celsius. Not only must you brave freezing cold, blustering winds, blinding snow, and slippery ice, but you must contend with 100s of other drivers who are equally frustrated and sometimes dangerously careless.
The top four causes of winter car crashes, which can range from minor spinouts to fatal collisions, are:
- Impaired visibility. When visibility is poor, drive slowly with your windshield wipers on. If visibility becomes too low, pull off the road and wait until conditions improve.
- Slippery roads. Snow, ice, and sleet can make winter driving hazardous. Drive slowly and do not make sudden movements with the steering wheel or brake suddenly. If you must brake, do so slowly while keeping your wheel straight.
- Road damage. Winter weather is hard on the roads. Pay close attention to your surroundings and adjust your path to avoid potholes and cracks.
- Careless drivers.There will be times when you are following all of the safety rules and being as careful as you can, but you still get in an accident because the other driver was careless.
Do your best to avoid accidents this winter by being aware of your surroundings, patient with other drivers, and listening to your instincts. Do not let other drivers intimidate you—only go as fast as you feel is safe. By following the basic rules of the road and using good judgment, you could wind up preventing your own accident.
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