A recent study found that driving in any kind of precipitation increases the chance of having a fatal accident by an average of 34%. This of course makes the risk higher during the winter, but the fact is most people do have to drive on ice and snow at some point. So, what can you do to reduce your risk? Here with some suggestions is Andy Crouppen of Brown & Crouppen.
Andy starts by saying that we are lucky in St. Louis to typically only have about 6 or 7 really icy and snowy days every year. This does mean though that people do not get accustomed to driving in those adverse conditions. The first thing you can start with each year is to make sure you have the proper tires on your car. Remember though, just because you have snow tires or four-wheel drive does not mean you are immune to the dangers of the road.
Next, be sure to check your battery as it can decrease in power in the cold. Also make sure you have windshield wipers that work and fluid so you can see as salt gets thrown up from the road. You should also clean off all of the sensors on your car such as the backup camera and the headlights.
When you are on the road, be sure to slow down and accelerate slowly. Give adequate following distance and try not to brake abruptly.