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How drivers can try to ensure an accident-free winter

The winters in New York can lead to motor vehicle accidents. Ice and snow on the road, after all, cause tires to lose traction and make it more likely for a car to spin out of control. While motorists cannot keep out of all accidents, they can at least practice safe driving themselves. This is assuming that they go out on the road only when absolutely necessary.

The first safety tip is to slow down. This will keep the tires from losing more traction than they already have. Next, drivers are to keep a greater distance from the vehicle in front. This should be a distance of at least five to six seconds. It's the ideal distance in any season, in fact, and will help to prevent rear-end collisions.

Icy and snowy roads not only increase braking distance but also require drivers to brake gently rather than harshly. Braking with ABS, EBD or BA can be different, so drivers should be aware of how to brake properly with these features. Accelerating is to be gradual as well. It can be especially hard to accelerate when drivers have come to a complete stop, so they should try to keep some momentum when approaching a red light. Accelerating should be avoided, if possible, when traveling uphill.

Most car accidents are attributable to human error, and the failure to take into account prevailing weather and road conditions can be deemed negligence. Occupants of other vehicles who are injured in such a crash might find it advisable to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for their medical bills and other losses.

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