Despite the lovely weather in Phoenix Arizona for much of the year, winter can bring some cold months and the roads can get icy. Unfortunately, this can lead to accidents such as the recent crash reported by ABC 15 Arizona. According to the ABC article, freezing weather on Tuesday January 15 caused a vehicle to crash into a car dealership just after 8:00 AM.
Our Phoenix accident attorneys are concerned that many drivers in Arizona are not ready to drive safely in winter weather. We urge everyone to consider some winter driving tips that can help them to stay safe.
Tips for Driving Safely in Winter
The Arizona Department of Transportation has provided a number of safe driving tips for winter. These tips, published on AZ Family.com, include the following advice:
- Make sure your gas tank is at least ¾ full. This will help to ensure you don't run out of gas if you get trapped in traffic caused by a storm or by bad weather.
- Plan your route ahead of time before you head out. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going and let someone know of your route and your destination so they can find you if something goes wrong due to winter weather.
- Slow down and drive at a speed that is safe for weather conditions. According to ABC 15, the January accident involving the driver who crashed into a car dealership may have been caused by excessive speed. A Phoenix police sergeant reportedly indicated that the driver was going too fast for the icy conditions on the road. Remember, even if you are within the speed limit, you may still be going too fast for the weather.
- Refrain from using cruise control during icy weather. Cruise control gives you less control over your vehicle and increases your reaction time if you hit a patch of icy ground.
- Leave excess room in between your car and the car in front of you. The bad winter weather and slick roads can increase your stopping distance and if you haven't left enough space, you could crash into the car in front of you.
- Remember that your four-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive vehicle is not necessarily going to give you more control if you are on ice. You still need to exercise caution and slow your speed. The size of your vehicle is also an important consideration since larger vehicles take longer to stop, especially on ice.
- Make sure you are using your headlights if the weather is stormy or if visibility is affected.
These safe winter driving tips from the Arizona Department of Transportation can hopefully help you to avoid a crash like the January 15 accident caused by the bad winter weather.
If you've been injured in an accident, contact the Israel Law Group at (888) 900-3667 for a confidential consultation.