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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Driving during the winter can be dangerous at times due to slippery roads and limited visibility. Accidents are, therefore, unfortunately common in winter weather conditions. Over 116,00 people are injured in car accidents due to weather conditions during winter months each year. By taking extra precautions before and during winter, you may be able to travel more safely.

Preparing Your Car for Winter

It is advisable to ensure your vehicle can handle inclement weather before winter even arrives. First, you should check the condition of your tires, as they will likely need to be replaced for new winter or year-round tires. If your tires seem a bit deflated, you can go to your nearest carwash and fill up your tires with air for more stability when you drive.

It is also crucial to get a maintenance check-up on your vehicle leading up to the winter season. The mechanics will inform you of what needs to be replaced in your car and what is operating the way it should. This inspection should include an oil and fluid change and battery testing to ensure that it is running correctly.

Keep these in Your Car during Winter

When driving during the winter, you may want to take extra precautions to promote safety for yourself and others on the road. For example, you may need certain equipment if you get into an accident or have a breakdown in the cold.

You’ll be better prepared for these scenarios with the following equipment in your emergency kit:

  • Battery booster cables to jumpstart your car if the battery dies
  • Ice scraper so you can see out of all windows
  • First-aid kit
  • Portable cell-phone charger and batteries
  • Traffic hazard gear (cones, flares, etc.)
  • Extra blankets and layers of clothing

Keeping these in your car may provide you a level of comfort in an otherwise dire situation until assistance arrives.

Driving in Snowy or Icy Conditions

Driving during snowfall requires you to be extremely careful, as the density of the snow and fog can greatly reduce visibility. You must follow all traffic laws and drive at about half of the posted speed limit or slower if the conditions demand it. In addition, pay careful attention to the vehicles around you and provide them extra space in case they lose control. Turning off your high beams is also recommended because the light will only reflect off of the snow and make it more difficult for you to see. Use your low beams instead.

Ask an Attorney for Advice on Driving in Winter Weather

If you were seriously hurt while driving in winter weather conditions, it is vital to seek immediate medical assistance. Driving in these hazardous conditions can lead to accidents caused by elements out of your control, so you may not be deemed liable for any injuries sustained as long as you were following proper safety protocols for traveling in winter weather.

For more winter driving safety tips, reach out to Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, today. If you were already injured in a winter weather driving accident, our attorneys can represent your interests in court and pursue compensation on your behalf.

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