Tips on Avoiding a Multi-Car Pileup

Winter Emergency Triangle

We’re not out of the cold season yet, and with news of the recent 65+ vehicle pileup in Minnesota and the over 100-car pileup in Texas, it’s even more important to practice winter driving safety tips. Pileups can happen quickly, especially when road conditions become slick and that’s evident when you look at the Minnesota and Texas accidents.

It’s vital to understand how you can maximize safe driving around Dunlap and what to do if you ever find yourself in a pileup situation. One of the most important tips when driving on slick roads is you should stay vigilant. Read on with Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria to explore more winter safety tips and what you can do when encountering a multi-car pileup. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. 

Winter Driving Safety Tips

With the unpredictable nature of winter around Bartonville, it’s easy to get into a dangerous situation if you’re not paying attention. Take a look at some of the winter driving safety tips so you can prepare for any situation and arrive at your destination safely: 

  • Leave the house a little earlier and drive slowly.
  • When driving on slick roads, you should add some distance between yourself and the other vehicles in front of you. When they hit the brakes or slow down, you have more time to react properly. 
  • Understand how your brakes react and know how to use them. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see if your vehicle has antilock brakes. 
  • Stay in control of your vehicle by accelerating and decelerating slower. 
  • Avoid unnecessary stops as it can help you avoid sliding and a possible crash. 

Make sure you have a vehicle ready to take on the uneven roads around Peoria and take a look at our inventory of new and used vehicles at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria. 

Navigating a Multi-Car Pileup

When an accident happens on the highway, it can easily get out of control fast. The best way to avoid more harm is by identifying the signs and staying vigilant when driving in the area. When driving on slick roads, you should:

  • Be aware of your surroundings by checking your rearview mirror often to keep an eye on the vehicle or objects behind you. 
  • Monitor the flow of traffic all around you.
  • Take your time and don’t make any drastic turns or change in speed. 
  • If a crash is imminent, avoid slamming on the brakes and try to slow down as calmly as you can.
  • When involved in the crash, stay in your vehicle and call 911 or wait for help to arrive.

While you can’t plan for every accident, talking it slow and keeping space between other cars can give you time to react properly to avoid danger. 

Prepare for Winter with Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria!

The team at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria is here to help you through the winter. Schedule service with our service center to make sure your vehicle is in working order to take on the harsher months during your Galesburg commute. Or turn to the team in our parts center to stock up on your winter essentials like windshield wipers, tires, and even floor liners. 


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