As freezing rain, snow and ice cover New York roads this winter, it is imperative for drivers to practice safe driving. Not only may this preserve their health and well-being, but it can also help to avoid expensive traffic violations. According to the Federal Highway Administration, roughly 23 percent of all motor vehicle accidents every year are weather-related, and an accident can result in a speeding ticket or worse.
To avoid citations, motorists can do several things before hopping in the car in winter. For example, getting a tune up will ensure that a vehicle is in proper working order. What’s more, a mechanic could spot issues that could result in getting pulled over. A faulty speedometer or a broken tail light could lead to a conversation with law enforcement.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, drivers who practice cold-weather driving may be better equipped to handle the elements. The organization recommends the following:
- Knowing how to steer into a skid
- Understanding the difference between and functions of antilock brakes and pump brakes
- Wearing a seatbelt at all times
It is always a good idea for drivers to keep an eye on the weather before getting behind the wheel. In many cases, state government officials may issue a warning that no one should be on the road. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles requires that drivers use headlights when visibility is low due to weather. To avoid traffic violations, the DMV recommends using snow tires and reminds drivers that tires that have metal studs may only be used from Oct. 16 through April 30.