Prepare your car for old man winter
No matter your driving experience, each wintery storm typically brings its own unique circumstances that make navigating the roads extra difficult. At Elephant, we’ve prepared these video guides and articles, to help prepare you for what old man winter has in store this season.
Elephant video guides
How to prepare your car for the road this winter
How to drive safely in winter conditions
Winter driving facts
Elephant takes a closer look at winter driving across the United States.
Over 70,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall annually in the U.S.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), nearly 71,000 people a year are injured during snowfall or sleet on U.S. roads. In fact, sleet and snow account for 225,000 crashes a year, that’s 15% of weather-related crashes annually. So taking precautions can help you minimize the risks.
With 70% of U.S. roads located in snowy regions, averaging more than five inches of snowfall annually, allowing for winter driving conditions play a major part in this; increased braking distances and decreased visibility should be considered.
Researchers at University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health have found that the first day after a snowstorm carries more risk to drivers for serious accidents than other snow days. Their research found that fatal accidents were 14% more likely on the first snowy day of the season. Their research also showed that snowfall generally increases the chances of non-fatal and property damage incidents.
Allow for increased travel time to your car journey
If you’re planning a road trip during snowfall, you should allow for a longer journey. FHA stats show that speeds on U.S. freeways are reduced by up to 13% in light snow, and up to 40% in heavy snow. If you can, try and leave earlier for your destination.
Beware of some winter driving myths
Under inflating your tires for better traction is not going to work, report Bridgestone. In fact, it could actually end up damaging them. In addition, be careful of assuming that four-wheel drive will protect you from snowy conditions. Stopping and cornering are dependent on tire grip, so it is important to check your tires.
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