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ACCIDENT OF THE WEEK – DRIVING ON ICY ROADS

We’re back with our second article of the accident prevention series. If you’re not Santa Clause, riding a sleigh, guided by Rudolph, you’ll be interested in this one. Check the video !

 

 

1) Why did the accident happen

There are several causes of the accidents, equally important. Ignore even one of them and you could end up in a ditch with severe injuries or even dead.

Tailgating: one of the main reasons of these kind of accidents. As we mentioned in the first article of the series, driving too close to the car in front of you is dangerous because you don’t have time and enough space to brake. Plus, you can never know what the guy in front of you is doing.

Bad weather: on this kind of weather, the quality of the road is very bad. The grip on a wet road can be less than half the grip you get on dry tarmac. An icy road has almost zero grip. This means that you need a lot of space to stop. This also means that following the desired trajectory is very difficult. The car tends to slide uncontrollably.

The driver’s experience and the quality of the car: these two factors are important in avoiding an accident and also limiting the possible aftermath. An experienced driver with good reflexes can avoid an accident even if he loses control of the car. A good quality car equipped with adequate winter tires and even snow chains and other safety electronics will behave better in these situations. Don’t overestimate yourself or the car you’re driving!

2) How the accident could have been prevented

Keep your distance!
Take into consideration that when driving on wet, snowy or icy roads, the brakes and the car’s steering are severely affected because of the low friction (less grip) between the tires and the road surface.
Adjust your speed and driving style to the road you are driving on. Don’t brake or steer suddenly. If you do so, you can very easily lose control of the car. Make calm, long maneuvers. The braking should be longer and smooth and the steering should be smooth.
Equip your car with adequate, high quality snow tires. They make a difference!

3) How to react if the accident happens

If you lose control of your car, try to steer it away from the other drivers on the road. If you crash into snow, it may absorb the shock of the impact, act like an external airbag. It’s better than going head on in a collision with another 1.5 tons rolling pile of steel.
Always wear your seatbelt, even as a rear passenger, especially on roads like these. If you lose control of the car and slide on the road, when you hit an obstacle and suddenly stop you might hit it face forward. The seatbelt will keep you in the chair. Also, the seatbelt will also keep you safer if the car rolls over one or several times.

Don’t forget! Next Thursday we’ll publish the next article of the series! Keep your distance and be safe!

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