It’s no secret that Buffalo experiences some of the harshest winter weather conditions in the country. Blizzards, sleet and ice storms are expected during our long winters.
Driving in these conditions can be treacherous, so taking extra precautions is essential when hitting the road. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while driving in Buffalo this winter.
Staying safe on winter roads
Defensive driving is a set of techniques designed to help drivers avoid accidents. In winter weather, defensive driving becomes even more critical. Slippery roads and reduced visibility can make it difficult to control your car, leading to serious accidents.
When you head out on the road, keep the following in mind:
- Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
- Increase following distances. It takes longer to stop on snowy and icy roads, so you must give yourself more time to react.
- Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses, which can freeze before other parts of the road.
- Use your headlights, even during the day, to help you see other cars, making it easier for them to see you.
- Use extra caution when passing plows and sanding trucks. These trucks tend to kick up a lot of spray, making it difficult to see. Give them plenty of room, and don’t try to pass them unless necessary.
Buffalo’s winter weather can be unpredictable, and even the most experienced driver can be in an accident. If another driver is involved, it’s important to remember that New York is a “no-fault” state, so you will need to file a claim with your insurance company first. A legal representative can help you receive the compensation you need to take care of yourself and your family.