Winter driving facts across the United States
Winter can be an enjoyable time of the year; however, with 70% of U.S. roads located in snowy regions – averaging more than five inches of snowfall annually – it can also be a treacherous time of the year for drivers if simple precautions are not taken.
Elephant Auto Insurance recently polled drivers and discovered some surprising statistics around winter driving preparation.
Winter driving facts
Elephant takes a closer look at winter driving across the United States.
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Why it’s important to prepare for winter driving
- 15% — Sleet and snow account for 225,000 crashes a year, that’s 15% of weather related crashes annually.
- 70% — 70% of U.S. roads located in snowy regions, averaging more than five inches of snowfall annually.
- 14% — Fatal accidents were 14% more likely on the first snowy day of the season.
- 70,000 — Over 70,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall annually in the U.S.
- 1st — The first day after a snowstorm carries more risk to drivers for serious accidents than other snow days.
- 40% — Speeds on U.S. freeways are reduced by up to 13% in light snow, and up to 40% in heavy snow.
Elephant’s top 6 ways to winterize your vehicle
- Snow Tires — In extreme winter conditions, snow tires can provide extra traction on the road.
- Oil Change — It is important to make sure your car has the right oil before temperatures drop.
- Battery — Check you battery to ensure you have enough power to run your car all winter long.
- Emergency Kit — In case you get stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
- Fuel — Keeping your gas tank full will help to prevent gas line freeze up.
- Tire Pressure — Colder weather can affect your tire pressure. It is important to check your tires.
Elephant survey methodology: Conducted by Google Consumer Surveys, 01/06/15 – 01/11/15 and based on 1160 online responses. Sample: National adult internet population.
Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health