Even when drivers in Ohio do everything they can to keep themselves safe, there are still others on the road who may not take the same precautions. This leaves even the safest of drivers at risk of serious injury or even death because of the negligence and lack of care of another driver. To improve defensive driving as the winter months come on, the roads get worse and the conditions get harsher, it is important that all drivers take extra safety precautions as they adjust to a new season of driving.

AAA suggests that drivers put even more space between them and the car in front of them when possible. Rather than five seconds of time between them and the car in front of them, they should increase that time to six seconds to allow for more braking time if necessary. When roads are icy, wet or snowy, drivers should always reduce their speed.

Checking the car before leaving for any type of trip can also prevent accidents. Drivers should only go out if necessary when conditions are harsh and keep an emergency kit for old weather in the event they get stranded. Tires should have plenty of tread and be properly inflated and the vehicle should always have at least half a tank of gas. Cruise control is a bad idea on snowy or icy roads and vehicles should not be warmed up in enclosed spaces.

According to the National Safety Council, drivers should also know what their cars are capable of before setting out on any trip. Things like anti-lock braking systems and traction control are standard in newer vehicles, but many not be as common in older vehicles. If a driver becomes stranded in an unfamiliar area they should remain in the vehicle and drivers should always be aware of what safety features their cars have. The vehicle’s best safety feature is the driver.