Researchers and statisticians found that 24% of all crashes are most likely to occur as a result of adverse weather conditions. Including things like ice, snow, and rain. Within the study it was clear that many drivers do not take in to consideration the adjustments they have to make for their driving habits because of the fluctuations in the weather.
Almost 7,400 people are killed and over 670,000 are injured annually in motor vehicle crashes. Of these, 225,000 of them are due purely to the errors of judgement made within the worse weather conditions- slips on ice, traction becoming worse in moist conditions, and winds blurring vision can be major factors in the roads becoming more dangerous to navigate.
There are many different ways to remain safe inside the harsher weather conditions, and considering you do these you should be relatively safe taking your daily commute to work. Getting up early or departing early, by at least ten minutes in order to prepare your car can be a massive help on its own. Checking your wipers before your journeys will ensure you’ll find the most from them, and that they will not fight to remove snow, rain or ice from the windshield should you be caught in bad weather.
De-icer and an ice-scraper ought to be kept in the car- this means that you can use them whenever you need to. If it does become necessary to stop whilst driving and use them, make sure you be pulled into a safe place beforehand. The same goes for all other windows and mirrors. It is important to make sure that the roof is also clear of snow and ice, since this can slip off and on to the windscreen that will make it harder for you to see.
A good grip on your tyres is essential to staying on the road. If need be, it could be smart to invest in a couple of pairs of snow tyres, or in some snow chains. Keeping these in the car means that they can be found and used at any moment’s notice- so you will not be stuck at work if it starts to snow.