While snow and ice generally creates travel issues, why do motorists seem to handle the road conditions better during late winter than early winter?
According to one psychology expert, Ohio drivers must actually relearn how to drive in winter weather every year. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater psychology professor David Havas explains:
"Snow and ice change the sensory-motor dynamics - and your brain needs time to learn (or relearn) them. Very often, the world changes faster than the brain learns, creating a learning lag."
While this psychological phenomenon helps explain why the first snowfalls each winter seem to bring out the worst instances of driving, it does not change things in the legal realm.