The winter season has the potential to be dangerous for drivers. People may travel too quickly, drive through a massive puddle or hit patches of ice, so they hydroplane or slide and cause crashes.

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of injuries and crashes. Here are five things you can do to prevent accidents this winter.

  • Have your vehicle inspected

Before you drive this winter, take your vehicle to a mechanic and make sure it’s in working order. Nothing is more dangerous than a vehicle that has its brakes fail in the middle of a storm or one that has no lights in a blizzard.

  • Avoid driving during heavy rain or snowfall

Another thing you can do is avoid driving when there is heavy rain or snowfall. When you can’t see well in front of you, the risk of crashing is higher. Additionally, the roads get slick. If you are already driving, pull over and wait out the storm.

  • Give yourself time to brake

Next, give yourself enough time to brake. If there’s a possibility of ice or if it’s snowing, you need extra time to brake. Don’t travel too closely to other vehicles.

  • Slow down

Another thing to remember is that slower drivers are at a lower risk of a weather-related crash. Avoid sliding by traveling at a slower pace. If vehicles ahead of you crash, traveling at a slower speed gives you more time to stop and avoid becoming caught up in the crash.

  • Stay focused on the road

Finally, stay focused on the road. If you’re looking away, you’re not seeing what’s happening around you. If a driver hits his or her brakes, you need to see that as soon as possible. If the snow is heavy, you need to watch the road carefully to avoid hitting others.

These five tips will help keep you safe in the winter. With the right precautions, you can get where you’re going without incident!