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Auto Accidents caused by Snow, Icy Roads, Sleet & Black Ice

RI Car Accidents caused by Snow, Ice, Icy Roads, Sleet and Black IceThe winter of 2013-2014 has been memorable in Rhode Island and around New England. The conditions were tragic on Cape Cod, according to a December 31 article headline, “Black Ice, slick roads cause multiple accidents on the Mid-Cape.”

Small town endures 12+ crashes in 1 day

According to the report, the small town of Yarmouth saw more than a dozen car crashes caused by black ice just on New Year’s Eve morning. Luckily only one injury was reported. Authorities did not indicate whether any of the accidents were preventable.

If you or a loved one was injured in a Rhode Island Car accident, Please contact East Providence Personal injury Attorney, David Slepkow. The keys to safe driving in icy conditions are paying attention and driving defensively. If you or a loved one was injured in a Rhode Island Car accident, Please contact East providence Personal injury Attorney, David Slepkow.

Defensive driving is crucial in bad weather

But, in general, when it comes to driving in slippery weather conditions in RI, it is best to consider driving you motor vehicle more defensively than usual. Heightened awareness of surroundings help keep  Providence drivers safe when there is ice on the roads. Black ice is caused when light rain suddenly freezes. It is a thin coating of ice that can be very hard to see, especially at night or in fog.  Car Drivers should especially be on the lookout for black ice on bridges. Also, slowing down is an effective safety measure to take when conditions are ripe for the propagation of black ice, even if it is not immediately visible.

Best to stay at home when roads icy

Loss of control can happen in the blink of an eye. In Vernon County, Missouri last winter, authorities reported a man driving on I-49 hit a patch of black ice, lost control and went down an embankment. His 2003 Ford Pickup overturned, seriously injuring the driver and his four passengers. Source Ice is one of the top causes of car accidents. Tires can lose traction instantaneously. Therefore, to avoid accidents, injury or death, be aware and modify driving tactics as conditions warrant. Monitor weather conditions along planned routes. The safest anti-ice driving strategy of all may simply be to stay home until road crews have cleared and salted the roads. Source

Technology can reduce amount of RI car accidents

Also, there are many technological ways to mitigate icy road conditions. Get “snow” tires. These generally have deeper tread to grip the road better. For drivers who live in ice-prone climates, purchasing an automobile equipped with an “anti-lock brake system” (ABS) is recommended. The ABS is an update on manually pumping the brakes when a vehicle begins to “fishtail” or otherwise misbehave on a slippery surface. Depressing the pedal once will activate the mechanical pulsing of the brakes. This helps return control to the driver. After engaging the ABS, make no sudden moves when steering. Slow and gentle moves with the steering wheel will help keep control of the vehicle when tire traction is sketchy.

Other safety measures include making sure visibility is optimized. Check the windshield wipers to ensure their functionality. Keep the window washing mechanism filled with de-icing liquid. Clear the headlights of snow and ice. The keys to safe driving in icy conditions are paying attention and driving defensively.