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How to Drive Safely on Ice


Ice is dangerous. This frozen water can be found on roadways during the Texas winters. Ice is no laughing matter. It’s a slippery substance that can cause even a slow-moving vehicle to lose control.

Driving on ice is not for the faint of heart or for novice drivers. Even experienced drivers can easily lose traction in icy conditions. Because of this, the safest thing for you to do is to stay home when road conditions are unfavorable. Reschedule your appointment. Go into work later. It’s not worth risking your life.

If you absolutely must drive in inclement weather, here are some tips to help you stay on the road and arrive at your destination safely.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Ensure your vehicle is equipped for winter driving by checking the condition of your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, and fluids. Consider using winter tires for improved traction.

Plan Your Route 

If possible, choose routes that are well-maintained and less likely to be icy. Avoid steep hills and areas with heavy snow or ice accumulation, if possible.

Slow Down

Reduce your speed when driving on ice. Slower speeds give you more time to react to unexpected situations.

Accelerate and Decelerate Gradually

Avoid sudden movements with the accelerator or brakes, as this can cause loss of traction. Use smooth movements. Start slowing down well in advance when approaching intersections, stops, or turns. Don’t slam on the brakes.

Avoid Cruise Control

Along the same line, do not use cruise control when driving on icy roads. It can cause your wheels to spin at different speeds and may make you lose control. It’s important to maintain control of your acceleration and deceleration at all times.

Be Extra Careful in Certain Areas

Be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses, and ramps. They’re the first to freeze and the last to thaw. They get colder than asphalt because they’re concrete and the ground provides no insulation.

Don’t Pass Other Vehicles

This means you’ll have to quickly speed up, which can cause loss of control. Stay at a safe speed. If another vehicle tries to pass you, safely and gently steer to the shoulder to give more room.

Stay Alert

Pay close attention to your surroundings and be aware of other vehicles on the road. Watch out for signs of slipping or sliding from other vehicles and even your own.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer 

Ice is a serious issue on roadways during the winter. It can cause vehicles to slide all over the roadway, cause serious crashes, and even go off the road.

It’s best to drive safely and slow down on icy roads. Your insurance company may or may not pay for your damages. File a claim with a Houston car accident attorney from The West Law Office, PLLC and we can help. Schedule a free consultation by calling 281-347-3247 or filling out the online form.


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