This seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes its easy to forget that in the cold, accidents can happen at slow speeds (honestly they can happen in any type of weather). This short video is a perfect example of how slippery those overpasses get in the chilly weather. Why so slippery? Because the overpasses do not have ground underneath to insulate them, they are surrounded by cold, and become much cooler than the normal freeway. Then they have the potential for a lot more ice and slick conditions to happen...
So here we have a van, traveling only a few miles an hour. The scene unfolds and teaches us a bunch of lessons.
1. TAKE IT EASY OUT THERE. If you're not comfortable in the snow, don't drive. If you HAVE to, take it easy. Don't go faster than the speed you're comfortable at.
2. Slow down on overpasses, bridges and on/off-ramps... they are slick!
3. LEAVE EXTRA ROOM BETWEEN YOU AND THE CAR AHEAD OF YOU! I don't think I can stress this enough. See all those other cars in this video? They were following each other SO closely that there was no where for them to go! If they had left ample room between each other, they could have easily gotten out of the way. The same goes for when you're stuck in traffic - if you only leave a foot of room between you and the car ahead of you, if you see flashing lights or need to move over quickly, you won't be able to!
4. Lastly, please don't ever follow a semi as closely as the driver does in this video - at any speed. It is dangerous to follow a semi this close. What if he started to spin out, and there was no way you could move out of the way of this semi that weighs at least 20,000 lbs more than you do? It could be a terrible situation. The best idea is to make sure that whatever speed you're traveling at, you make sure you can see the mirrors of the truck in front of you. Then add a little extra room for good measure.
Be safe out there... we don't want to be reporting an accident that YOU are in!