It is a well-known fact that the Connecticut roadways become more dangerous during the winter. Ice, snow and blinding storms can lead to accidents on highways. Ice may also cause cars to fail to stop at intersections. People who live on or below a hill may also struggle to get in and out of their driveways.
USA Today reported the following findings when it came to winter car accidents:
- Winter-related car accidents outnumber deaths from other weather-related incidents, such as tornados or hurricanes.
- The most dangerous times to be on the road are between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday were the two days with the most deadly accidents.
Esurance identifies black ice and regular ice as the main culprits. Ice forms when wet roads experience below-freezing temperatures. This affects the ability of tires to get a firm grip on the road. Black ice is harder to recognize and looks like a wet spot on the asphalt. Drivers often do not realize it is ice until they have lost control of their vehicles.
Drivers in New England should also consider winterizing their vehicles in preparation for cold weather. If nothing else, determine if winter tires are worth the investment. There are also tips drivers can follow during the winter season to keep safe. Adjusting the speed and increasing stopping distance are two of the most important factors. Drivers who rely on cruise control to stay within the speed limit may want to reconsider this. It can slow reaction times in the case of an emergency.
Snow and ice come with the territory for drivers in Connecticut. While it does make driving more dangerous, road users may reduce these dangers by prepping their cars for the wintertime and remaining alert while driving.