Kentucky is a state that experiences four seasons. As residents of northern Kentucky, we are particularly prone to the elements compared to the rest of the state. Although we have a variety of weather conditions throughout the year, our driving ability may not match our various forecasts.
A recent study by the Auto Insurance Center showed the top causes of car accidents in each state. In Kentucky, the top cause of car accidents is overcorrecting or over steering when reacting to a hazard, which causes a driver to lose control of the vehicle.
When looking deeper into how weather causes accidents in our state, the numbers show that Kentuckians need to learn how to react better to changing road conditions. Rain was more likely to cause a fatal accident than snow in Kentucky, as was the trend for every state in the eastern U.S. However, Kentucky was the southern-most state in which snow was more likely than fog to cause a fatal accident.
Even more concerning, Kentucky was one of just two states in which sleet and crosswinds had an equal chance of causing an accident. With these comparisons in mind, what can Kentuckians do to avoid overcorrections while driving?
“Easy off” is the motto of a safe driving campaign in Missouri that can also guide drivers in Kentucky. Hazardous conditions can be stressful to drivers, which leads them to overcorrect if they inadvertently swerve. Instead of jerking the wheel or slamming on the brakes, drivers should simply ease off the gas pedal.
Reducing speed and momentum of the vehicle will allow you to make appropriate corrections once the vehicle has reached a safer speed. This technique can feel counterintuitive when faced with a hazard at high speed, but it is often the safer of two options as it keeps you in control as a driver.
As Newton’s third law of motion states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” and overcorrecting can cause your vehicle to move in unintended ways. As the word implies, an “accident” is unintentional, but failure to react appropriately can have consequences.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, a personal injury lawyer can help correct the harm inflicted by another driver’s mistake.