The wintery weather in Minnesota often makes the roadways atrocious. While most people have experience driving on snow and even ice, everyone should take the time to review basic winter driving safety tips.
One of the most important things that you can do during the winter months is to make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Trying to rush on the snow and ice can lead to major problems. You have to leave yourself plenty of time to brake and accelerate, and you can’t drive too fast when it’s slick.
Plan your route and pay attention
You should try to plan your route so that you’re going to travel on the roads that are likely to be the clearest. As you drive, be sure that you pay attention to the road conditions. You have to steer carefully when it’s wet. You also need to allow double or triple the normal stopping distance in these conditions.
There’s a chance that you’ll skid while you’re driving. Always steer in the direction of the skid and back off the accelerator. Don’t press the brakes because this can make the skid worse and cause you to lose control.
Even if you’re driving safely, there’s a chance that other drivers won’t. This can lead to crashes. Anyone who’s injured in a car crash on wintry roads should ensure they get the medical care they need. Seeking compensation for your losses after a wreck is possible, but quick action is necessary because of time limits that are built into Minnesota law.