If you're planning holiday travel this year - you are certainly not alone. And winter weather can be dangerous for travelers as we just saw in the Bronx. With the recent accidents, experts say it’s better to be safe than sorry when driving in hazardous conditions. Make sure that you are cautious when driving in the winter weather to avoid accidents.
Central New Yorkers are already dealing with threatening winter weather. It has caused major problems this year, such as accidents and road closures.
"If it's starting to snow, sleet, freezing rain, it's really good to stay inside until the sand trucks have done their job out there,” says driving instructor PJ Gigliotti.
While it is best to avoid driving in it, you can stay safe if you follow certain precautions.
"Be aware of the road conditions, go slow, don't drive as close to the person in front of you as you typically do leave yourself plenty of space to react and of course eliminate all distractions from your car whether it be loud music or eating or being on your cell phone or texting,” Grates says.
Grate sees the amount of insurance claims increase through the winter months.
“We see a lot of accidents that aren't are customers fault, but it’s important to remember to be good defensive drivers,” Grates says.
Drivers around the area have their own opinions on the issue.
“I go slow; if I'm not comfortable with the way the car handles on the road, I slow down a little bit more,” Driver Marge Thornton says.
“Just be more cautious, slow down, keep space between you and other people,” driver Deb Call says.
Sticking by these tips is essential-according to state farm 1/3 of drivers are said to drive more aggressively during the holidays.