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Stay safe on the roads when winter hits Missouri

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2023 | Personal Injury |

As winter blankets Missouri, the scenic landscapes often come hand-in-hand with treacherous road conditions. Navigating winter roads requires drivers to be vigilant and well-prepared.

Local motorists should know the risks associated with winter driving and understand practical ways to prevent accidents.

Icy roads and slippery surfaces

The foremost driving risk during winter is icy roads. As temperatures drop, any precipitation, including rain or snow, can quickly turn into a hazardous layer of ice. This slippery surface increases the likelihood of skidding and loss of vehicle control.

Drivers should adjust their speed according to road conditions and maintain a safe following distance. This provides ample time to react to sudden stops or obstacles on icy surfaces.

Reduced visibility

Snowfall and freezing rain often accompany Missouri winters, significantly reducing visibility on the roads. Limited lines of sight can lead to accidents, especially when coupled with icy or snow-covered surfaces.

Ensure your headlights stay on even during the day to boost visibility for both you and others on the road. Clearing snow and ice from all windows before driving is crucial for an unobstructed view.

Black ice

This nearly invisible layer of ice on road surfaces poses a significant threat. Drivers might not notice it until it is too late, resulting in sudden slips and slides.

Monitor weather reports for information on potential black ice conditions. Avoid sudden movements, such as sharp turns or abrupt braking, to minimize the risk of skidding on black ice.

Snow accumulation

Heavy snowfall can cover roads and make them challenging to navigate. Packed snow and drifts create obstacles that may contribute to accidents.

Before hitting the road, clear accumulated snow from your vehicle, including the roof. Planning routes that prioritize well-maintained and plowed roads can also reduce the impact of snow accumulation.:

Snow, sleet, hail and ice caused more than 7,500 auto accidents in Missouri in 2022. By understanding the risks, you can take preventive measures to help prevent serious accidents.

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