Whether you believe it is man-made or the normal cycles of our planet, it seems that our weather systems are becoming increasingly unpredictable and severe. So while Kennesaw may not get as much snow as Denver, it can still pose a threat.
Snow Does Happen in the State of Georgia
In January 2014, Atlanta saw the entire region halt to a standstill due to a rapid accumulation of snow. It took only three inches of the white stuff to render the area immobile. There were many factors that contributed to this disaster, including people being inexperienced when it comes to driving in the now. One thing you can do to prepare for the next storm is practice your snow driving.
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Anticipating the Road Ahead
It does not need to be snowing to practice these techniques, nor does it need to be wet, or rainy, or even cold. No, snow driving can be practiced any time, so long as you have a car available.
The most important thing to be safe while driving in the snow is anticipating the road ahead. If there is a downward slope coming up, slow down far ahead of time. If there is an intersection, plan to stop far short. If you are driving in traffic, expect that the person ahead of you may stop at any time – and additionally, that that person may not be able to stop and will drive erratically as a result.
Braking With Time to Spare
When driving in snow, another critical technique is how you brake. Most modern cars have antilock brake systems to aid in this, but they are not a perfect solution. Braking in snow should be very slow and easy. Slipping tires can create the most dangerous situation because the entire car can break contact with the road, leading to sliding out of control. Rather, you want the tires to always be engaged with the road surface. This can be accomplished by very slow braking and coasting every time the car starts to slide.
In connection with the slow braking, antilock brakes can help, but often startle drivers when they kick in. Antilock brakes feel as if your car is suddenly jerking forward over large stones. The brakes cause the car to shudder and make some unnerving noises. These functions, despite their sounds and feeling, are perfectly normal and are not bad for your vehicle.
The system is designed to simulate the driver releasing the brake every time the car loses traction and skids. This technique is also referred to as pumping the brakes. The best thing to do is teach yourself the slow braking technique and avoid braking when sliding so that your car never feels the need to engage the antilock brakes. By doing this, you retain better control of your vehicle and avoid the startling jerk of the anti-lock brakes.
Watch the Weather
Lastly, keep an eye on the weather. The best way to stay safe in a snowstorm is to stay off the roads completely. But if you do have to venture out, try to make sure you have plenty of gas, warm enough clothing, and it never hurts to carry some extra water in the car. Beyond that, some rock salt and a shovel are always handy in snowy weather.
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When an Accident Does Occur
Overall, when the snow starts falling, the best way to avoid an accident is to stay slow and calm. Assume the worst of the cars around you and accelerate and brake gently and confidently. And in the case of an accident, contact the Law Offices of Roger Ghai, P.C. today at 770-792-1000 to get the help you deserve.