While not in the northern tier of states, Indiana still experiences cold snaps that bring snow and ice. This leads to dangerous road conditions that increase the chances of motor vehicle accidents.

To avoid both property damage and personal injuries, Indiana drivers should understand winter road risks.

The possibility of snow and ice

In Terre Haute, according to information from Weather Spark, winter weather impacts driving for roughly three months, from December to the beginning of March. During this time, temperatures can average near freezing and nighttime temperatures regularly fall below freezing. This can bring both snow and ice to the roadways.

Snow chances start near the end of November and remain possible into mid-March. Though snow totals generally do not amount to much, they do average just over three inches in January. Snow-covered roads pose a danger to all drivers.

The toll of winter weather

According to information from Kelley Blue Book, roads covered with winter precipitation (snow, ice and slush) account for about 500,000 vehicle crashes and 2,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Many of these accidents come from driver behavior such as driving too fast or failing to concentrate on the task at hand.

To increase safety, Indiana drivers should reduce speeds on slippery roads and minimize distractions while driving. They should also give snow plows a wide berth and avoid using cruise control in certain conditions. Before heading out, drivers should clear snow or slush from all areas of the car.

If an accident does happen, drivers should understand their legal rights. This could help pay for expenses for property damage or personal injury.