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Tips for safe winter driving

Florida motorists may not have to contend with snow that much, but they still want to be careful when driving during the winter months. It all begins with determining when one must absolutely go outside and when one can stay inside. If work or errands require one to go outside, then the first thing to do is slow down so as to not slide on patches of ice. The faster one travels, the less traction there is between the tires and the ground.

In addition, drivers should neither accelerate nor decelerate too quickly. This will prevent skidding on the road. Drivers should keep a distance of five to six seconds from the vehicle in front; this is, in fact, good advice for any season.

Drivers should try to avoid coming to a full stop. When approaching a traffic light, for instance, they can creep up until it turns green. Starting from a full stop can cause the tires to spin uselessly. Wheel spinning can also occur when drivers push down hard on the accelerator while traveling uphill. At the same time, drivers don't want to fall back when on an incline. At the crest, they should be extra careful. Lastly, drivers should be familiar with how their ABS, EBD and BA work.

Driving too fast for weather or road conditions is a major cause of car crashes nationwide, and it can be considered a form of negligence. People who have been injured in such a collision that was caused by another motorist might find it advisable to have the help of an attorney when seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses.

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