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Tips for Staying Safe on the Road This Winter

Here at Peruzzi Collision Center, we’ve seen accidents happen for a number of reasons; in fact, they can sometimes seem downright unpredictable. However, from late November through early March, the element of unpredictability goes out the window because of the weather. That’s right: Most car accidents during these months can be directly attributed to hazardous road conditions and inattentive driving.

So, in preparation for the season that has the most car accidents, we’re offering this blog as a reminder of what you can do behind the wheel to help ensure you’re as safe as possible on the winter roads.

Accelerate Slowly

Remember, the road isn’t a racetrack -- regardless of how well your car handles turns, or how great your new set of tires is. During winter, more than any other season, it’s important to take your time while you’re driving. If you accelerate too quickly, you risk losing control of your car and causing an accident. Don’t endanger yourself or others this winter.

Don’t Brake Abruptly

If you can help it, don’t slam on your brakes! Contrary to your instincts, which will tell you to slam on the brakes when an obstacle suddenly presents itself, hitting the brakes hard and fast can cause you to lose control of your vehicle on slippery roads. If it’s snowing, icy, or otherwise wet, abruptly braking is one of the last things you want to do. If you can, brake easily and try to steer your way around any roadblocks.

Keep a Safe Following Distance

When driving during the winter, it’s especially important to keep a distance of at least two car lengths between your front bumper and the rear end of the car in front of you. This way, in the event of a need for sudden braking, your vehicle has enough space to come to a complete stop.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Obviously, this tip has nothing to do with practical driving or literal on-road safety; however, it is nonetheless of the utmost importance. If you leave early and give yourself a 15-20 minute buffer, you spare yourself not only the anxiety of worrying about punctuality, but also the dangerous mindset of rushing to get somewhere -- which can lead to careless and irresponsible driving. So, this winter, do yourself and everyone else on the road a favor and give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going.

Bonus Tips and Reminders

●Stay sober

●Stay off your phone

●Avoid distractions, such as eating behind the wheel and grooming yourself.

If you have the misfortune of being involved in an accident this winter: Don’t worry. Give us a call here at Peruzzi Collision Center and we’ll have you back on the road in no time.