how to prepare to avoid an accident

Every autumn, with the first frost, comes the so-called “tinsmith’s day”, when drivers begin to massively get into road accidents, having lost control on icy roads.

Journalists of the Za Rulem portal asked themselves how to protect themselves and their car from the unpleasant consequences of the first frosts? Having arranged a brainstorming session, they presented the motorists with several practical advice with regards to driving in icy conditions at once.

Change your “shoes” in time


Most of the victims of the “tinsmith’s day” are motorists who did not manage to change summer tires to winter tires in time. However, some drivers deliberately delay this procedure, believing that wheels with winter tires are more noisy and contribute to an increase in fuel consumption.

In addition, some of them are also afraid that having changed their shoes in advance, they will rub off most of the spikes on the asphalt. To some extent, their fears are really justified, but if you buy good tires, then these undesirable consequences can be minimized.

Hence the conclusion – it is best to change summer tires to winter ones in advance, without waiting for the “tinsmith’s day”. First, you will have time to get used to the changed handling of the car. Secondly, the first frost will definitely not take you by surprise.

Have you changed your shoes yet?

Remove snow from mirrors, headlights and windows

Before the winter season, do not forget to fill the anti-freeze tank with the washer fluid, and also replace the old wiper blades with new ones. If you have a trip in the snow, then before you go on the road it will not be superfluous to check the performance of the headlights and lanterns, as well as to clear them of adhering snow.

Also, do not forget about glass and car mirrors. It is best to clean them from snow and ice by hand (that is, with a brush), since when using heating, they thaw for a long time and unevenly.

Unfortunately, many drivers are too lazy to do this, going to work in the morning, as a result of which they overcome the entire route to their destination in low light and with minimal visibility, which may well cause an accident.

Avoid aggressive driving

On winter roads, motorists should drive the car as smoothly as possible, avoiding sudden steering movements, as well as intense acceleration and braking. This will reduce the risk of skidding, from which even the most experienced drivers are not immune.

It will not be superfluous to install a DVR in the car. The latter, especially on winter roads, often helps drivers out, allowing them to prove their innocence in the accident.

Maintain distance when braking


If the frost took you by surprise, then it is worth assessing how slippery it became on the street. To do this, you need to go to the nearest free section of the road and brake a couple of times – first smoothly and then sharply.

This will give you an idea of ​​the safe distance to maintain from the vehicle in front. If it is very slippery on the street, then it is better not to get behind the wheel of a car that day and get to your destination in a different way.

Brake in advance

On how many city roads is it best to brake in advance, while the space for the car in front should be no more than one body. Otherwise, someone may try to squeeze in in front of you, provoking an accident.

It is necessary to maintain this distance in order to avoid the so-called “accordion”, that is, a situation when cars crash one after another on a slippery road.


Look in the rearview mirror at traffic lights

When stopping at traffic lights, make it a rule to look in your rearview mirror. If there is a threat from behind in the form of an unsuccessful car to stop, this will allow you to drive a little, avoiding a collision.

Slow down at crosswalks

With the onset of cold weather, motorists are also advised to slow down in advance when approaching pedestrian crossings. Do not forget that in icy conditions the braking distance of the car is longer than usual, so even if you react to danger in time, it will be more difficult to avoid a collision.

Park correctly

Never park your car close to intersections (or on sections with a curved road), since in this situation your car may well be on the trajectory of a vehicle that has skidded. Take the trouble to find a place that is safer to park.

Leaving the car on a slope where there is no curb, you should turn its wheels to the side. In this case, if the car rolls down, it will not block the road. And if there is a curb, then calculate in your head how it will work if the handbrake and gear do not keep the car on a slippery surface.

See also: Preparing a car for winter: typical mistakes of car owners

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