WINTER DRIVING – Protect Yourself from Motor Vehicle Accidents

Rain has returned to Portland and with it an increased chance for wet, snowy, icy and slippery driving conditions.

Winter DrivingPlease heed the winter driving advice below and remember that if you experience a motor vehicle accident, don’t delay treatment – prompt care will help you avoid prolonged pain. After an auto injury “Chiropractic care keeps the vertebrae from becoming immobilized or ‘stuck’ and reduces the chance of developing degenerative arthritis as a complication,” says Dr. Beebe.

Chiropractic care can help restore proper alignment and alleviate pressure on the nerves. Without proper treatment common injuries such as whiplash can leave victims with a “permanent weak link or at risk for accelerated degeneration as the result of a motor vehicle accident.” Continues Dr. Beebe, “Patient’s with soft tissue injuries general respond very well to Chiropractic care (and reduce the risk of long-term complications).”

Driving in Snow and Ice:

Of course, avoid driving if possible – if it is unavoidable, allow for extra time to reach your destination and drive on roads that have been plowed/sanded.

Safe Driving on Ice, Slippery Roads:

  • Leave yourself plenty of room to stop – about three times more space than usual between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Break gently.
  • Increase the visibility of your car by turning on your lights!
  • Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  • Remember: drive with extra caution across bridges and any overpass that will freeze first.


Your Rear Wheels Begin to Slide:

  • Steer into the direction you’re sliding. If your rear wheels slide left – steer left; if they’re sliding right – steer right.
  • After steering into a skid, it is common your car will begin sliding the opposite way as you recover. If this happens, ease the steering wheel toward that side – you may steer left & right several times until your car is completely under control again.
  • If you have standard breaks, pump them gently. If your car has anti-lock brakes (ABS) apply firm pressure – you’ll feel the brakes pulse as you do this.


Your Car Gets Stuck:

  • Turn your wheels side to side, pushing snow away from the front wheels.
  • Use a shovel to clear snow from the wheels & under the car.
  • Rock the car back & forth by shifting from forward to reverse. – Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas.
  • Do NOT spin your wheels – your car will dig deeper into the snow!
  • Improve traction by pouring sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of your wheels.
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