When temperatures drop, the likelihood of weather-related accidents rises. Driving on snow or ice covered roadways requires a lot of skill and caution. And while most weather-related car accidents are preventable, accidents may still occur.

The important thing to remember is to always err on the side of caution and when in doubt, don’t risk it at all and stay home.

Here are 4 factors to always keep in mind when driving in below-freezing weather conditions:

1. Leave Extra Space

You’re probably not the only one on the roadway who is a little nervous about the weather conditions. Leave extra space between your vehicle and other to allow for any potential mishap, like sliding on black ice. By leaving extra space, you ensure greater distance between you and other vehicles and less likelihood of contact.

2. Drive Below the Speed Limit

If it’s a warm, sunny day, then driving at the speed limit is reasonable. However, if there is black ice on the road, then driving at a reduced speed is reasonable. Err on the side of caution and take it slow in below-freezing weather conditions.

3. Keep Vehicle Condition in Mind

Before you leave your driveway or business, make sure to thoroughly clean your windshield and mirrors for optimal view. If bad weather is on the horizon and you have a few days to prepare, it’s wise to get your car serviced beforehand.

4. Look Out for Extra Pedestrians

Because there are probably less cars on the road, keep an eye out for more pedestrians — especially if you live in a large city where people can easily walk to convenience stores.

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