Ice. Sleet. Snow. Slush. Fog. Freezing drizzle. All of these winter conditions add extra levels of danger to your daily commute. Each year in the United States, there are over 116,800 injuries and 1,300 fatalities caused by auto accidents on wintry road conditions (Federal Highway Administration). These car accidents can result in physical injury, emotional trauma, property damage, disability, paralysis, brain damage, and even death. Our auto accident attorneys have seen over the years how the reckless actions of another can instantly impact lives. There are several driving tips that help motorists improve road safety during the winter.
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Driving during the winter is not the same as driving on a bright summer day. Take it easy and slow down when there’s ice, snow, salt or sand on the road. Bridges and overpasses are especially slippery. The posted speed limits are for dry roads, so give the car ahead of you plenty of room. Stopping your vehicle on a slick surface takes more time. Slamming on your brakes will cause you to veer off into other lanes of traffic, and/or hit the car in front of you. Fog, sleet, and snow also limits your visibility. Don’t weave in and out of traffic, or barrel ahead at top speed.
Be Aware of Weather Conditions
Know what you’re getting into before heading out. Check weather alerts or news stations for current conditions, and what weather will be moving into your area. If it starts to snow or ice while you’re on the road, slow down accordingly. Do not check your phone for weather alerts while driving. Use your best judgement and the clues around you. Is the precipitation sticking to your windshield? How is it affecting other vehicles? How does the road feel underneath your vehicle? Are your wheels getting traction? What does your car do when you lightly tap the brakes? Slow down and don’t take unnecessary risks. Better safe than sorry!
“Winterize” Your Vehicle
Make sure your vehicle has a good ice scraper so you can clear off your windshield and windows. Check your tires to make sure they can handle road conditions. Are your windshield wipers effective or is time for a replacement? Winter conditions cause you to use more fuel. It takes longer to warm up your car and you spend more time in slower traffic. The gas in your tank will also sometimes freeze if it’s close to empty. This is why your gas tank should be at least half-full at all times. In case you have car trouble, keep a winter survival kit on hand for emergencies.
If you have been injured in an accident, please contact the auto accident attorneys of Lee, Gurney & Hess. We have the experience necessary to help you find the fair compensation you deserve. Call our office today for a free consultation. Our auto accident attorneys are ready to fight hard for your case!