Just as northern states, South Carolina can also experience inclement winter weather. Because many people in South Carolina aren’t as used to driving in ice and snow as northerners are, driving in winter weather can be even riskier in the South.
Of course, the best choice is to stay home when there’s ice and snow on the ground. But If you must drive, here are some basis guidelines for staying safe in winter weather.
Driving in Ice and Snow
- Slow down and drive at half the speed limit or even less.
- After checking the weather, leave early, allowing sufficient time to get to your destination.
- Provide travel information to other people regarding your route
- Familiarize yourself in directions and study maps before starting your trip.
- Keep a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you, allowing for stopping space.
- Gently pump your brakes them when stopping and don’t make any sudden movements on your steering wheel. Never slam your brakes as this can cause your car to skid.
- Be careful not to lock your brakes on glazed ice because doing so can result in steering control.
- Travel only on main roads and take someone with you.
- Only drive during daylight hours.
The pressure in tires is often lower in winter than it is in warmer seasons. If your tires are under-inflated, they can force your vehicle to react slower when steering. Therefore, it’s critical that you check your tire pressures more frequently during winter months and be sure they have enough air so that they’re adequately inflated.
It’s almost impossible to drive on ice if your tires don’t have a lot of tread. Tread wear on tires is typically measured in increments of 1/32-inch. New tires typically have a 10/32-inch deep tread. If your tires have a groove depth that’s close to 4/32-inch, you should replace them with new tires.
Additional Considerations and Warnings
- Be extremely cautious when driving on overpasses and bridges. These areas are usually slicker than surface streets and take longer to thaw.
- Consider that ice and snow are slower to thaw in shady spots.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents occur even when drivers take precautions. If you’re involved in an auto accident, don’t hesitate to contact us. As Columbia personal injury lawyers, we are highly trained and experienced to represent you so that you’re financially compensated for any injuries and damages.