Types Of Hazards Associated With Winter Driving
Winter driving can be a challenge, especially if you are not used to dealing with the various types of hazards that come with it. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of hazards that you may encounter while driving in the winter.
Winter Driving Hazards
Driving safely in winter weather can be a challenge for even the most experienced driver. It’s easy to forget after months of mild conditions that snow and ice demand careful driving and special preparation for your vehicle. When many vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions such as black ice, lack of visibility, and loss of control, we could all use a reminder.
Dangerous situations you may encounter during winter driving include:
- putting traction devices on tires;
- removing snow from vehicle windows and rooftops;
- extreme weather conditions – extreme temperatures, white-outs, and heavy snowfall;
- sudden decreased control of the vehicle affecting steering and stopping;
- driving up to a sharp curve and you cannot see oncoming vehicles;
- driving in active hazardous work zones;
- you’re stranded in a vehicle in an isolated location;
- a vehicle is buried by snow and unseen by others;
- driving on black ice;
- driving on snow-covered roads with unseen ice below;
- digging out when the vehicle is stuck in snow;
- coming upon an accident scene (especially dangerous on highways); and
- passing pedestrians walking on the side of the road.