4 winter driving hazards you’ll want to avoid in New York

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2022 | Car Accidents

The winter season can be a treacherous time for drivers in New York. There are many hazards on the road that can lead to accidents, even if you are a careful driver that follows all the traffic rules. While no one can change the weather, there are a few precautions you can take to ensure that your winter driving is safe and comfortable.

Ice patches

In whiter months, the roads are often covered in slippery spots where water hasn’t evaporated properly or has pooled after a snowfall. If you find yourself on an icy patch of road, try not to brake too suddenly, as this could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Drive slowly and cautiously and adjust your speed according to the conditions. Sometimes it’s better to take an alternate route than risk an accident due to dangerous patches of ice.

Foggy windows and poor visibility

Most motor vehicle accidents happen because drivers can’t see clearly. Before setting off in the winter, make sure that your windows are completely clear of fog or condensation. You should also check to ensure that your headlights and taillights are functioning properly, as this will allow other drivers to see you on the road. Additionally, if you find yourself caught in a thick foggy patch, consider slowing down and switching on your hazard lights for extra visibility.

Snow buildup

Melted snow quickly turns into ice after it falls on the road and accumulates over time. This can cause cars to skid and slide on the roads when they have too much speed or take a turn too sharply. You could be safer by removing any snow buildup from your vehicle before setting off and driving slowly when the roads are slippery.

Battery failure

Car batteries tend to lose their charge more quickly in colder temperatures. Jumpstarting your car can be a difficult task when it’s freezing outside. Consider having your battery checked regularly and keeping jumper cables or an emergency kit with you whenever you travel during the winter season.

New York is a “No-fault” state for auto accidents; in other words, your insurance company is responsible for compensating you for any damages or injuries incurred while driving, regardless of who is at fault. So it pays to drive safely and be vigilant about winter hazards.