Motor Vehicle Safety in Cold Weather

Temperatures are constantly changing and fluctuating, and this results in many injuries and health risks. In 2017, accidents were found to be the third leading causes of deaths in the United States and was even estimated that about 90 people die of motor-related accidents each day. Those statistics are not counting the large amount of injuries that individuals sustain from motor-related accidents, which are also a large amount.

When driving in the cold and snowing weather, there are a number of ways in which the drivers can be affected to the point of causing an accident and sustaining injuries. The car’s battery can die due to freezing cold, and the tires and coolant may also be heavily affected. This may cause the car to undergo several issues, such as the inability to control the movement of the car properly, ensuring heat and warm for the driver, as well as the car suddenly losing its ability to properly function in the middle of the road. Driving fast, and tailgating other cars may also result in accidents, especially in snowy and sleek conditions that will have your car sliding and slipping.

Sources: CDC StatisticsCDC Motor InjuriesNHTSA Winter Driving

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