Winter, and to some extent early spring, can be a dangerous time to be on the road in New England. Snow, ice, and poor visibility can all combine to create adverse driving conditions. Even as temperatures in the region begin to rise, causing snow to melt, cold overnight temperatures can make for slick roadways during the morning commute. To make matters worse, Massachusetts in particular is notorious for having some of the most aggressive drivers in the country.
Fortunately, as winter winds down and spring begins, New Englanders can drive safely by keeping the following tips in mind:
When road conditions are less than ideal, the first thing to do is slow down. Reducing your speed drastically reduces your chances of getting in an accident. Consider driving at or under the speed limit and keep an eye out for other drivers doing the opposite. Driving slower also affords you more time to break if the car in front of you suddenly stops.
Check Your Vehicle
It is a good idea to inspect your vehicle periodically. Pay particular attention to your tires, battery, wipers, and brakes to ensure all are in good condition. Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to stay safe on the road.
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Even though in Massachusetts it often seems as if “Anything goes”, it is best to follow the rules of the road. Also, refrain from answering calls while in the car as often as possible, never text and drive, and limit the number of distractions. Keeping your eyes on the road is a no-brainier.
If you Don’t Need to Drive, then Don’t
If road conditions are really poor, or there is inclement weather, it is best to stay off the roads unless you ABSOLUTELY have to drive. If you need to be somewhere, consider using an alternate form of transportation, or getting a ride from someone who has all wheel drive.
Keeping these tips in mind are just some of the many ways in which you can stay safe on the roads this winter and spring.