Fall is winding down, and winter is almost upon us. As the chilly season draws near, new conditions will present themselves on the road, such as rain, snow, slush, and ice. As if driving in good weather on dry roads wasn’t challenging enough, driving in bad weather adds a whole new element of danger to the mix and makes you want to stay home. But if you must drive to school or work, how will you make it back home unharmed?
Stories about drivers being stranded due to dangerous winter driving conditions, like the March 24 Colorado Springs pile-up, the February 24 northwest Indiana blizzard, and the January 23 Interstate 75 impasse, are still fresh in many people's’ minds.This should come as no surprise, given that the likelihood of getting caught in bad weather or getting into a car wreck increases this time of year.
There are more than 1.2 million weather-related vehicle crashes per year in the United States, resulting in over 445,000 injuries and 5,800 fatalities. With winter approaching, it is essential to prepare now for upcoming extreme road conditions and to take the time to consider what you would do if you find yourself in danger.