Although Odessa does not get the snow that the Northeastern United States receives, overnight temperatures often drop below freezing in the winter months. This affects the road conditions and requires drivers to adopt appropriate winter driving techniques.
During the day when the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 50s or 60s the road conditions are optimal. However, as night arrives and the temperature drops the road may become icy. A driver has to know how to handle these different circumstances so they avoid ending up in a car accident. Keep in mind the following safe winter driving tips when you are heading out in the evening hours.
The tire pressure changes as the temperature changes. Therefore in the winter it is a good idea to check that your tire pressure is correct. Pick a time of day when the temperature is between the high and low and check the pressure. Compare to the pressure recommended by your tire manufacturer. Keep in mind that an underinflated tire will not have adequate traction. Fill to the proper pressure if needed.
If it has rained during the day the road may become icy when the temperature drops. Braking on an icy road takes a greater distance than on a dry road. Therefore give yourself plenty of space between cars. If you are riding right on the bumper of the car in front of you and they stop abruptly you will likely run into them.
Drive and Brake Slowly
In addition to leaving enough space, it is best to drive a little slower when the roads are cold and potentially icy. It will take the car longer to brake which means you need to have extra time to react. If you are driving slowly you will have the time you need. Plus you are more likely to lose control if you slam on the brakes so will want to have time to brake slowly.
As the nights get cooler remember the above safe driving tips to help avoid a car accident. If you do find yourself in an accident an Odessa Car Accident Lawyer can help you receive the true value of your accident claim. Contact us before you settle with the insurance company so you get the money you deserve.