Driving in ice and snow in Connecticut

Winters in Connecticut can be quite harsh, making it extremely difficult for you to navigate or move around with your automobile. However, there are tips and some preparation that you can try to ensure safe driving. Here are some tips for driving in ice and snow.

1. Prepare in advance

The first and most important step to driving in winter is preparing yourself and your car for the weather. Of course, typical tools like a spare tire and cable jumpers should be present, but you will also need an ice scraper, snow brush, shovel, a bag of rock salt, etc.

2. Drive slowly

You will often find people trying to accelerate uphill, trying to make their car move forward. However, many motor vehicle accidents occur because drivers lose control as the wheels spin very quickly. Therefore, no matter the terrain, always accelerate slowly and brake slowly to avoid skidding.

3. Maintain a safe distance

According to Connecticut transportation laws, you should follow the three seconds rule when keeping distance between you and the other car at normal times of the year. But, when driving in snow, you should triple this distance. Since ice and snow make the road slippery, it will take your car longer to brake if something happens to the car in front of you.

4. Clean all the snow off your windshield and mirrors

According to the 2013 General Statute Section 14-252(a), it is illegal for you to drive with snow and ice on top of your car. Failing to clear off your vehicle can lead to fines of up to $1,250, depending on your car.

If you happen to cause an accident in Connecticut because of poor driving, you will compensate for damages and injuries caused to anyone involved, including passengers, the other drivers, and pedestrians. Since snow and ice increase your risks of accident, you must be extra careful to protect your life and others and avoid expensive legal issues.