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Winter driving 101: staying safe on icy, snowy roads

Montana residents will want to avoid going out as much as possible when the roads are icy, wet or snowy. For those times that they cannot avoid being out on the winter roads, though, the following tips should help in lowering the risk for collisions. The first tip is to simply slow down. Even following the speed limit can be too fast in snowy conditions; the tires will lose traction and the car will be more likely to lose control.

Accelerating and braking must not be sudden and harsh, or the car will, again, wind up losing control. Gently apply pressure to the accelerator with the heel. Brake sooner and try to keep some momentum when approaching a traffic light. Starting from a complete stop can lead to the wheels spinning.

On slippery roads, the stopping distance increases. One should increase the distance, then, from the vehicle in front. A good recommendation is to make it at least five or six seconds. Drivers must also know how to brake properly with ABS, EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and BA (brake assist).

Driving up inclines can be tricky in winter weather. Drivers will want to gain forward motion on the flat area before heading up. Once they are on the incline, they should try not to brake or accelerate.

Regardless of the weather, drivers are expected to maintain control over their vehicles. Barring any unexpected medical episodes, then, drivers will be to blame for any car accidents they cause. Those who are injured at the hands of a negligent driver can file a claim, and if successful, they may be covered for the cost of medical treatments and vehicle repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. It may be wise to see a lawyer before filing.

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