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How can you prevent accidents in winter weather?

Winter weather in Virginia can be unpredictably varied, especially in the northern portions of the state. It is entirely possible that you may need to face the hazard of driving in winter weather. Even if you can avoid winter weather in Virginia, your travel plans may take you out of state where snow and ice could potentially pose an even greater threat.

In either case, it is best to be prepared for driving in winter weather. Woman's Day Magazine offers some tips to help you avoid accidents even in the most unfavorable conditions. 

1. Slow down

Ice and snow on the road can reduce your tires' traction, which can cause your vehicle to slide. Reducing your speed helps to minimize the damage if an accident becomes unavoidable. It also gives you more time to react when faced with a possible collision or slippage. 

2. Do one thing at a time

In other words, apply your brakes before you take a turn, not at the same time. Otherwise, you may be more likely to lose control of the vehicle. 

3. Maximize your visibility

Rather than clearing just enough ice or snow from your windows to be able to see out, clear off your windows entirely. 

4. Reduce the heat

If you keep the heat on too high as you drive, you run the risk of becoming drowsy, which is dangerous even under the best conditions. Once you have warmed up sufficiently, reduce the heat so that you are on the cool side of comfortable. If you have the ability to gauge interior temperature, 72 degrees should be sufficient. 

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.

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