With the holidays just around the corner and the snow beginning to fall, it is now more important than ever to practice safe driving techniques. In New Jersey, our winters are cold and the roads become icy, which can cause traffic accidents. Some safe driving habits that you can practice to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season include:
- Drive slower and leave at least three times more room in front of you to stop between you and the car ahead of you.
- Brake gently. If you start to skid, ease off the brake and stay calm. Don’t stop suddenly.
- Use lower gears to keep traction. This will come in handy if you drive on hills.
- Turn on your lights even during the day time to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean. Salt, snow, and other substances can leave your windshield cloudy and limit your visibility.
- Take extreme caution when driving over bridges, overpasses or roads that don’t see a lot of traffic. Even if the temperature is warm, you may still encounter ice.
- Avoid using the cruise control feature on your vehicle over icy roads.
- Even though slow moving snow plows can be an annoyance to drive behind, ignore the urge to pass them. Chances are that the road ahead of them is in much worse condition than the road behind them.
Remember, all motorists have a responsibility to themselves as well as to each other to adhere to all traffic rules in order to prevent New Jersey car accidents. However, if you are involved in a car crash that is the result of someone else’s negligence, the experienced New Jersey car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Call us today at 1-609-240-0040.