As we enter the winter months, it is important to be prepared for adverse weather conditions that affect your daily commute. By following some basic tips of driving in inclement weather, you can reduce the risk of accidents that can lead to serious injuries.
These tips may help avoid the risks of the road.
DO: Keep your car well-maintained
Check your fluid levels, particularly your anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid, and make sure your heater and defroster are in good working order. Also, check the tread on your tires.
DO: Keep an emergency kit in your car
It’s a good idea to keep blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit and other supplies in your car in case you get stranded.
DO: Use your headlights and turn signals
Make sure your headlights and taillights are clean and in good working order, and use your turn signals to let other drivers know where you’re going. Also, use your hazard lights if you need to slow down suddenly or come to a quick stop.
DO: Stay alert
Pay attention to the road and avoid distractions like texting or eating while driving.
DO: Leave plenty of distance
Snow, ice, and slush can make roads slippery and difficult to navigate. It’s important to leave plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you to provide yourself more time to react to any potential hazards.
AS FOR THE THINGS TO AVOID….
DON’T: Forget to clear snow and ice off your car
Make sure you clear all the snow and ice off your car before driving, including your headlights, taillights, and windows. This will help improve visibility and make your car more visible to other drivers.
DON’T: Follow other cars too closely
Give snowplows and salt trucks plenty of room to work. Don’t follow other cars too closely, since it can be difficult to stop on slippery roads.
DON’T: Slam on your brakes
It’s easy to skid on slippery roads, so be sure to pump your brakes rather than slamming them.
DON’T: Drive aggressively
Take it slow and easy on the roads during winter weather. There’s no need to rush and driving aggressively can increase your risk of an accident.
DON’T: Use cruise control
It’s easy to lose control of your car on slippery roads if you’re using cruise control.
Despite following these tips, if you find yourself in an accident, we can help you understand your rights and options. We can ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. The personal injury attorneys at Mandelbaum Barrett PC are experienced in handling accident cases and are available for a complimentary consultation to discuss your case.