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Driving tips for when there is snow

| Nov 3, 2017 | motor vehicle accidents

South Carolina gets a little bit of snow each year. Upstate South Carolina sees quite a lot of snow each year with Caesars Head State Park getting about eight inches of snow each year on average. Other cities typically see less than an inch.

Driving in snow can be tricky, especially if you have never done it before. Even if there is only a little bit of snow on roadways, you still need to be careful. You want to avoid a collision and potential injury, so follow these handy tips.

Avoid risky behavior

You should always drive the speed limit anyway, but when it snows outside, you definitely want to follow it. You should also never use your cruise control when there is snow or ice on the road. You also want to be mindful of the space between you and the vehicle in front of you. It can take a greater distance to come to a complete stop in the snow, so make sure you allot yourself plenty of room.

Know your limits

In the event a lot of snow builds up on the roadways, you should know whether it is beyond your capabilities to handle. Even if you have to go to work or school, it may be best to stay home for the day. You also want to be mindful of your own mental state. You should not drive when you feel tired or fatigued, but you especially want to avoid doing so when there are also detrimental road conditions.

Stay by your car if it breaks down

Some people will unfortunately experience a car breaking down while it snows outside. When this occurs, you want to stay with your vehicle. This allows a rescue crew to more easily find you because it is easier to locate a car than a single person. It is also dangerous to walk in the snow because other cars may not be able to see you, and you may suffer from the cold.

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