Tips for Navigating Wet or Icy Roads

Navigating icy or snowy roads is not typically something that drivers in Georgia have to worry about, especially compared to citizens in more northern parts of the United States. Wet roads are a more common occurrence, but as metro-Atlanta personal injury attorneys, we still get calls about auto accidents as a result of slick, wet, or icy conditions in Georgia.

While snow is a beautiful part of nature, the combination of snow, ice and slush on roadways poses significant risk to all metro-Atlanta drivers. Because Georgians aren't faced with these conditions as much as those in other areas, we often lack the experience necessary to drive safely in snowy and icy conditions.

Although the weather is just beginning to change, the attorneys at Jones & Swanson want to prepare others for potential hazardous conditions this winter. Below are a few safety tips to remember while driving in wet, icy, or snowy conditions:

  • Remove all snow and ice from your windows and front and back windshields before driving.
  • Prepare to stop three times sooner than usual in wet, icy, and snowy conditions.
  • Leave more space between yourself and other vehicles.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly so that you recover traction and avoid skidding.
  • Use firm, steady pressure on the pedal when braking.
  • Slow down when approaching shady areas and be ready to respond to a slip. These shady areas are the most likely places for "black ice" to form. This type of ice is dangerous because it is slick, but mostly because it blends into the pavement or asphalt.
  • Use extra caution while on overpasses, bridges and other roadways that are prone to ice.
  • Avoid cruise control while on slippery roads.
  • Avoid stopping on slick and icy roads.
  • If you begin to slide, steer and look in the direction you intend to go.
  • Maintain your vehicle by checking tire pressure, replacing windshield wipers, and making sure your defroster and radiator are working properly.

Although snowy and icy roads are not common and the weather is usually moderate in Georgia, there is always the possibility of ice and snow. All drivers should take road conditions into consideration before operating a vehicle. Our Marietta auto accident attorneys handle many types of cases throughout the state of Georgia, including rear-end, hit and run, road conditions like snow and ice, and much more. If you or someone you know is injured in a car accident this winter as a result of someone else's negligence, contact our experienced injury lawyers for a free case evaluation and personalized representation.