Last week, our city in San Antonio saw an increase in auto accidents, simply because people are not used to the icy road conditions. This post is intended to help every citizen of San Antonio, be able to maneuver his/her car in the even of an icy road or bridge. Remember to always keep calm during any driving situation that you may be facing, your family may depend on it!
During icy conditions on the road, the best advise is not to drive at all. But, that is not always possible. Specially in Texas, where the weather can change from one hour to the next. For those instances where you have to drive on conditions less than preferable, this is what we suggest! But before we give you the tips, always remember to have our Accident Application handy, in case of an accident.
Texans can drive safely on icy roads if Texans:
1. Don't drive so fast! Why are you in such a hurry? Remember to decrease your speed, your family will rather wait than have you dead.
2. Always, leave yourself plenty of room to stop. In most cases, you should allow 3 times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
3. If you have to brake, do so gently! This avoids skidding on ice or snow. This also allows you to be in control of the situation, not the situation in control of you.
4. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. At the same time, remember to steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go.
5. Although this is a foreign concept, If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right. This allows you to be in control, not your car.
6. Always use low gears to keep traction on the roads. This is especially true on hills, both going up or down.
7. At no time, during icy conditions, should you use cruise control. This is not the time to depend on technology.
9. People up north know this, and you should too: even when temperatures are above freezing, when the roads are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges or untraveled roads.
10. Trust your abilities to drive, after all, you have a license!
Many people in San Antonio and adjacent cities may benefit from this blog post. The intent is to familiarize you with the way that you need to drive during difficult weather. We hope that we can help prevent many accidents around our beautiful city. But if we can't we hope to convey to the public that, if you are ever in an auto accident, our lawyers are here to help!