Throughout the state of Texas, we’re experiencing a winter storm like we’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, the conditions have led to power outages and, even worse, several car accidents, including one of the worst pile-ups in history in Fort Worth, involving over 130 vehicles.
In Texas, we’re not used to living in these conditions, let alone driving in them. Icy roads have led to countless collisions and injuries. Below, we’ll discuss some of the biggest dangers, as well as provide you with some tips to help keep you safe on the roads during this dangerous time, and in case we experience similar weather in the future.
Biggest Dangers with Icy Weather
The moment ice sticks to the road, vehicles and pedestrians are faced with a new hazard. Not only do you have to worry about the possibility of negligent drivers, you also have to combat weather conditions to ensure your safety. Here are some of the things to be aware of with icy weather conditions:
- Car accidents: As lifelong Texas drivers, we don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to driving with snow falling or ice on the ground. As such, we may not always recognize how to drive safely for these conditions, following too closely to others or driving too fast. Defensive driving can help prevent accidents, even in the worst weather.
- Truck accidents: As large commercial trucks travel through our state, drivers encounter the same winter storm that us residents do. Many trucks have already been involved in crashes this month, and it’s essential to give trucks more room to stop and remain cautious of their blind spots.
Over the past few weeks, the numbers have mounted with more fatal accidents occurring due to the winter storm. Don’t be mistaken; negligence can still exist when drivers don’t consider the driving conditions and cause an accident.
How to Stay Safe When Driving In Icy Conditions
While many states require the use of tire chains to maintain traction when the concrete becomes icy, Texas hasn’t experienced situations like this to mandate their use. While you may not have tire chains, you should take the following precautions to stay as safe as possible:
- Slow down, even if you’re going slower than posted speed limits.
- Give other vehicles space and time to stop in front of you.
- If you can, stay home and off the roads. But if you must drive, ensure your vehicle and tires are maintained (low tire tread can cause you to lose control and low tire pressure can cause a blowout).
- Wait to drive until you have a clear view and can see at least 50 - 100 feet ahead of you. If you can’t, pull over and wait for conditions to clear.
At Scott Law Firm, we want you to stay safe out there. Whether you’re one of the millions enduring power outages or you must travel the roads during these dangerous weather conditions, keep your safety and health as your top priority at all times.