Winter weather driving tips for Kentucky

With the recent winter weather arriving in Kentucky, drivers need to be extra cautious on the roadways. Winter driving is particularly perilous on Kentucky roads, which are often narrow, hilly and icy. The following are some winter driving tips.

One of the most important driving tips for winter weather is to drive slowly. Drivers need to keep in mind that braking, turning and speeding up takes longer in the snow and ice. Drivers should increase their following distance with the cars in front of them. Drivers should allow at least eight to 10 seconds between them and the car in front of them. Drivers should also understand what kind of brakes they have and how to use them. Threshold braking is recommended and is when the heel of the foot is on the floor and the ball of the foot is used to apply firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal. Also, drivers should take time to stop, begin decelerating way in advance of a turn, stop light or stop sign. And, if the weather is bad, just stay home and off the roads.

Winter driving is often a precarious activity in Kentucky. Drivers usually understand that they need to be careful when they are out on the roads. But, occasionally a driver is negligent in their driving action. A driver may be distracted with their cell phone, they may have been speeding or they may have been drinking or doing drugs prior to driving. When drivers engage in these activities they put their lives at risk, along with everyone else they meet on the roads. A family who has been involved in an accident involving a negligent driver may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can investigate the accident and help the family determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Car accidents may be serious and cause injuries, both physical and emotional. Drivers in Kentucky need to understand how important it is to be a careful and safe driver, regardless of weather conditions.

Source: aaa.com, "Winter driving tips", accessed on Jan. 14, 2018

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