Safety tips for driving in inclement weather in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Oct 10, 2022 | Auto Accidents |

It is well-known that auto accidents increase during the winter due to bad weather conditions. Even New Jersey residents who own 4-wheel drive vehicles experience trouble when ice and snow are on the roads. Even rain can pose issues for those who do not drive an all-terrain vehicle. In addition, roads can become slick even in the rain, and wind can also create hazards for high-profile vehicles. Bad weather means that it is essential for all drivers to review their safety strategy when behind the wheel beginning in the fall before winter arrives.

Reducing traveling speeds

The first approach to driving in changing weather is reducing moving speed. Speed reduction can be difficult in congested traffic while driving, but drivers can still accomplish it. Taking an alternate route with reduced traffic can also often help in avoiding motor vehicle accidents.

Increase braking distance

Another driving issue that causes many crashes is following vehicles too closely. At least two car lengths, you should practice proper following distance all year. Maintaining a greater distance behind others using the road can be an effective method of avoiding a collision. This practice is vital because the fault is central to all accident claims in New Jersey. The vehicular control law often puts the trailing driver at fault due to their inability to control their vehicle at short distances.

Attend to vehicle maintenance

One of a vehicle’s most important safety features is the lighting system. Not only should headlights be cleaned regularly, but you should replace weak or malfunctioning lights at the beginning of the season. Replacing lighting applies to turn signals and brake lights as well. Many auto accidents occur due to poor illumination. Additionally, replacing worn tires or aging brakes can be a necessary upgrade for many vehicles and a closer check on tire inflation levels.

Of course, driving in severe inclement weather is not advisable. When the weather is awful, it is better to stay put until it clears or allow plenty of time for making any necessary trip when arrival time is essential.