That was the first of a string of accidents on 291, along with one on Chapin Street in Springfield in the early hours of Sunday morning. In each one, snow was a factor, which is why it’s important to take it slow on slippery roads. “What people don’t always understand is that speed limits are for ideal conditions. You need to decrease your speed, and increase your following distance in case you have to stop short. Then you’ve increased your chances of rear ending someone else and having someone else rear end you,” said Belmont Driving School owner and instructor Jean O’Rourke.
O’Rourke knows a thing or two about getting around in inclement weather.
She says driving through dustings can still be tricky, and snow isn’t the only thing you need to be extra careful in. “Ice, fog, and rain as well, especially important in the rain. We seem to forget that in foul weather, rain is one of the most important factors for car accidents also.”
She suggests that one of the first things you should do when you get in the car, is hit the defroster, make sure your windshield is clean, and of course, turn on those headlights. “No matter what weather conditions you’re going out in, be aware of your surroundings, be aware ahead of time of what the weather forecast is,” O’Rourke advised.
Jean also says you should check your tires and winterize your car before the winter hits, check the weather report before leaving and check Mass DOT’s website for any road closures.