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Southern California Winter Driving Safety Tips Part 2: Icy Driving

If you plan on driving outside of the temperate bubble that surrounds Southern California, you need to know the potential dangers of road conditions in the area you are driving. Around the country, plunging temperatures have caused massive car, bus and truck accidents on major highways and minor streets. The ice buildup in some communities is too much to handle, resulting in tragic motor vehicle accidents. The traffic jams alone are cause for alarm, let alone the loss of life, injuries and trauma as a result of these deadly collisions. If you plan on driving in icy conditions over the winter months, here are some tips for you.

When Driving In Icy Conditions

1. Drive Slowly. Your speed should never exceed safe speeds based on various circumstances and road conditions. As you accelerate and decelerate, you should consider your stability and braking time. You want to avoid spinning your wheels in place as well as locking them if possible.

2. Don’t stop if you don’t have to stop. Carefully considered momentum can help you navigate icy terrain as long as you remain in control at all times. Sudden stopping can cause your vehicle to slide, forfeiting your control.

3. Manage your distances between other vehicles. Because your safe stopping time is greatly increased, you need to give the cars on all sides of you more space to operate. Many people only consider the spacing for the car in front of them. By maintaining better spacing with the cars behind you as well, you can avoid being rear ended and possibly pushed off the road.

4. Avoiding icy roads may be the safest option. This may seem obvious, but it is important to consider whether or not you can drive at a safer time. If there are many drivers on an icy road, there may be a higher likelihood of being hit. If you can avoid driving when visibility is low, roads are slippery and many drivers are commuting, stay indoors and enjoy the warmth and company.

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