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by Jeff Rasansky - November 23, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

Even the best winter drivers face a heightened risk of being involved in a Dallas car crash in poor conditions. You may brake earlier, slow down when you’re driving and pay close attention to the road, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else does. Some basic tips about watching other drivers can help you to avoid some common accidents.


winterdrivingIntersections are deadly in winter weather. As you approach them, watch out for people behind you who aren’t slowing enough. This is one of the most frightening situations possible. The driver behind you, if the roads are slippery, may slide into your car or may push you out into the intersection, causing an even worse accident. What’s ahead of you on the road is important, but what’s behind you merits attention, as well. Be on the lookout for cross traffic sliding through red lights, as well.

Wolf Packs

When cars group up and travel together, the all endanger one another. Stay away from groupings of cars. If the cars behind you are pushing you to speed up and keep up with the pack, let them pass, if possible. You need extra braking distance in winter conditions. Driving close to other cars presents a risk of a deadly pile-up wreck.


They’re deadly in normal conditions and positively lethal on wintry roads. If someone is speeding alongside you, coming toward you or behind you, try to let them by and give them plenty of room. No, they don’t know what they’re doing, but concentrate on getting by them, not on being angry at them.


The anger issue is huge on winter roads. People who drive recklessly may terrify you and, sometimes, you’ll end up having to call a car wreck attorney to deal with the fallout they cause. Keep calm, watch the road and treat rude and reckless drivers as simply other hazards to be dealt with. If you’re concentrating on how much they’ve angered you, you’re not concentrating on the road and you’re just as dangerous to everyone around you as they are.

Speed is your enemy on slippery roads. If you have to, just pull over in a safe spot and wait for the conditions to improve. You may be a great winter driver, but winter always has new surprises and some of them are deadly ones that you don’t want to invite.

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