Driving on New York roads isn’t always easy during the winter months. This is because they are often covered in snow or ice that can result in a loss of traction and increase the risk of a crash. Even if the roads are dry, traveling during periods of exceptionally cold weather can pose additional hazards for motorists.
Why cold weather driving can be challenging
Operating a vehicle can be tricky when temperatures drop below freezing because cold air tends to wreak havoc on tires, batteries and other important components. It isn’t uncommon for tires to lose up to 10 pounds of pressure per square inch after sitting in a cold garage for several hours. It’s also not unheard of for strong batteries to suddenly stop working after prolonged exposure to the cold.
Tips for driving during hazardous conditions
While driving on roads covered in ice or snow, be sure to reduce your speed and increase your following distance. It’s also rarely a good idea to stop or slow down while ascending a hill as you might not have enough traction to regain the momentum lost when doing so. Finally, check to see that your windshield wipers are in good condition and that you have sufficient wiper fluid to keep the windshield clear and avoid a motor vehicle accident.
Stay home if you can
If there is snow or ice in the forecast, it may be appropriate to stay home until the roads are cleared if you don’t have anywhere to be. Depending on when a snow or ice storm is predicted to hit, it may be worthwhile to consider leaving home a little later than usual if it means that you can avoid untreated road surfaces.
A motor vehicle accident may cause significant bodily injury as well as property loss. If your car was struck by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses that you incur. A police report, witness statements or other evidence may help you prove that the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of the wreck.