Winters in Arlington, TX include freezing temperatures and even the occasional snow. When there is ice on the road, it is best to avoid it. Delay your drive until the road conditions improve if that is at all possible. However, despite your best effort to avoid this type of driving condition, there may be times when you find yourself on an icy road. At State Insurance Solutions, while we advise against driving on ice, we also want you to know what to do should you encounter it on the road.
Safety Precautions to Take on Ice Roads
First, take it slow. Driving fast through the ice will not get you out of the situation quicker. In fact, it can make matters worse. When you travel at high speeds on icy roads, you are putting yourself, your passengers, and even other drivers at risk. Don’t go over 45 miles per hour on an icy road, not even a highway.
Secondly, if you must brake, do not press down hard on the brakes because this may cause your car to slide and get out of control. If you do begin sliding, the safest thing to do is turn you wheel in the direction that the car’s back side is sliding to regain control.
What to Do if an Accident Happens
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, try to move your vehicle to a safe place if possible and don’t get out of it until help arrives. Accidents on icy roads often happen in multiples and another car could lose control after the initial accident and hit you. Remain calm and give your agent at State Insurance Solutions of Arlington, TX a call as soon as possible. We are here to help.