With winter comes dangerous driving conditions. Black ice, heavy snowfall, roads that have not been cleared of snow and other bad driving conditions can all make it more difficult to control your vehicle and avoid an accident. Each year, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet. And not only is there snow and ice, but also fewer hours of daylight. Weather conditions can affect driver visibility and the ability to maneuver a vehicle, thus impairing driving ability.
Every 12 minutes someone dies in an automobile crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs. Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. Most accidents are minor, such as sideswipes and rear-end hits. But some, such as head-on auto collisions can be fatal.