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Tips to stay safe when roads turn icy

At the moment, you might be experiencing some beautiful fall weather. The days are not too hot or too cold, the leaves are changing color, and the weekends are just about perfect. Unfortunately, winter is only a few short weeks away, and with it will come rain, ice, sleet, and maybe some snow. The roadways will be much more dangerous, not just in New York City, but the surrounding areas as well.

When weather conditions turn bad, it is important to take some extra precautions when you are on the road. To stay safe this winter, follow the tips below for driving on icy roads.

Take it slowly

When there is ice on the road, the most important thing you can do is to slow down. Be sure you give yourself enough time to get to your destination so that you do not drive above 45 miles per hour. Even on the highway, you should take your time. In areas where black ice is present, try to keep it at 10 miles per hour or less. Driving too fast on icy roads can lead to fishtailing, sliding and general loss of control.

Avoid driving

If the roads are icy, the only way to fully protect yourself is to stay off of them altogether. If possible, just stay home and wait for the ice to melt. Taking one sick day is better than risking a fatal accident on your way to work.

Buckle up

If you have to get out on the road when ice is present, be sure to always wear your seatbelt, even as a passenger. Even a minor accident on icy roads can result in a fatality for an individual that was not wearing a seat belt.

Be gentle with the brakes

One of the main reasons why people lose control of their cars in bad weather is because of heavy brake use. Antilock brakes do not function very well when there is ice or snow on the road, which means that your wheels will still lock up if you hit the brakes too hard. This can cause your wheels to slide, which you will not be able to control.

In many cases, accidents that occur due to snow or ice tend to involve multiple vehicles. Even if you can avoid causing an accident, it may not be possible to avoid becoming a part of another one due to someone else's poor driving. If you have been the victim of a negligent driver, you might be able to take legal action for your losses.

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