Though the first blizzard of 2015 is behind us, road conditions are still unfavorable for drivers. Claims data shows that accidents are much more likely to occur after a big snowstorm than during it. One of the challenges drivers face after a large snowstorm is the excessive height of snowbanks lining the roads. Although piles of snow typically indicate that roads have been plowed, their size poses a threat to drivers due to decreased visibility. Therefore, while the snowbanks remain high, it’s important to drive with heightened caution and care.
- Remember to drive more cautiously and leave ample space between you and the car in front of you. Since the snowbanks cover the shoulders of roads, there is little or no room for quick, evasive maneuvers. So, you’ll need more time to react in the event you have to swerve or pull over.
- When merging onto the highway (or any road, for that matter) it’s important to do so slowly and cautiously since snowbanks can block your ability to see traffic – and for traffic to see you.
- When making a turn at a stop sign, be sure to come to a complete stop and look both ways twice. Be sure you can see beyond the snowbank to make sure there are no oncoming cars or pedestrians.
- Side note: if you’re a pedestrian, take extra care and try to stay on the sidewalk. Don’t walk with headphones on as they can distract you.
Other general winter driving tips include:
- Before you get in the car, check the forecast to determine if it’s safe to drive. If conditions seem questionable, it might be best to avoid driving all together… better safe than sorry.
- Plan your trip accordingly by considering that you’ll be driving at reduced speeds.
- Since cars can take a beating in wintry weather, remember to regularly inspect your car’s tires, brakes, fluids, wiper blades, lights and battery.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
Whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian, remember to remain alert at all times while out on the roads this winter!
Headquartered in Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation provides auto insurance to personal and commercial auto insurance customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Plymouth Rock is a member of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in auto and homeowners insurance throughout the northeast.