Winter can test even the most skilled and cautious drivers. Many weather-related car accidents happen on snowy, icy, or slushy roads. Driving conditions may be even worse during periods of snowfall because it is often difficult to see, and your windshield can quickly become iced over.
It is crucial to prepare yourself and your vehicle for winter weather. Here are some basic tips:
- Inspect your vehicle: Cold temperatures can impact many parts of your car. Your tire pressure and battery power can drop. Winter conditions can also affect the performance of safety technologies, windshield wipers, cooling systems, and more. Check for problems frequently and before long road trips. Consider visiting a mechanic too.
- Stock up on supplies: Keep items in your vehicle that you may need to handle tasks related to winter driving. That includes an ice scraper, snow shovel, and abrasive material such as sand to use if you get stuck in the snow. Be sure to have emergency supplies, such as jumper cables, warning devices, and blankets on hand as well.
- Plan your route: Always check weather and traffic reports before you leave. When road conditions are poor, consider postponing any non-essential trips until they get better. If you do need to head out, try to time your travel around the worst of the winter storm.
- Know what to do in an emergency: Winter accidents pose unique challenges. You will want to make sure that your car can be seen on the side of the road. If possible, put bright markers on your vehicle and turn on the interior lights to increase your visibility. Confirm that there is no snow in your exhaust pipe while you wait for help to arrive.
Even the most prepared drivers can get in accidents caused by others. If you were injured in a winter crash due to another driver’s risky or negligent behavior, give our lawyer a call for free.
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