10 Essential Tips for Avoiding Accidents on the Southern State and other Long Island Roads this Winter

Cars in a snow storm

Whether you’re driving on the Southern State Parkway, the Long Island Expressway or the Meadowbrook, it’s important to stay safe as ice and snow make the roads slippery and dangerous. What can you do to stay safe on Long Island roads this winter?

Here are 10 Important Safety Tips to Stay Safe on Long Island Roads This Winter:

  1. Make sure to completely clean your vehicle of snow and ice. Not only will this help with visibility, but it will also prevent snow and ice from shooting off your car when you stop and flying into other cars behind you. In fact, because of this danger, New Jersey now fines drivers who fail to clean off their cars.
  2. Drive slowly and make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you—at least three times more space than usual.
  3. Take caution when turning or passing a corner as plows have left large snow banks on the corners that make it difficult to see.
  4. Be extra careful of black ice, which can form on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps, and in shady spots.
  5. Be extra careful of black ice, which can form on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps, and in shady spots.
  6. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  7. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  8. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  9. Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  10. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

Staying alert and using extra caution when driving in wintery conditions will help keep you and your passengers safer. Unfortunately, you can’t control how others drive. Even in the worst conditions, we’ve all seen drivers speeding, tailgating, and creating dangerous conditions for themselves and those around them. If you are in a car accident, the Long Island personal injury attorneys at Goldstein and Bashner are here to help provide you with legal advice and counseling.

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