How to Stay Safe on Winter Roads

As winter starts to roll in and we start to see roads covered with rain, snow, and ice, there are a number of things that drivers can do to stay as safe as possible while driving. Here are a few of the most important tips for how to minimize your chance of an accident while commuting this winter.

Tips for Your Car

  • Check all fluid levels, tire inflation, and things such as your windshield wipers and your brakes to make sure your car is in the best possible shape before winter starts. Keep an eye on all of these things throughout the season as well so that any issues can be addressed before they become larger problems.
  • Add a winterized emergency kit to your car. Try to fill it with items that will help you if you’re ever stuck in your car in cold, snowy conditions. Such items may include an extra coat, hat, and gloves; blankets; food; a first aid kit; and things such as a flashlight and sand or salt to put on the road for traction.

Tips for Yourself

  • Plan your driving around the weather conditions. Leave yourself extra time to get to your destination in case you need to go more slowly than usual, and if you’re very uncomfortable about the thought of making your trip in bad weather, consider delaying the drive until conditions improve.
  • Avoid driving at night when possible. It’s harder to see some dangerous conditions, like ice, when the roads are dark.
  • Stay to the right while driving so that you aren’t in the fast lane and can go as slowly as you need to. Some people speed despite bad weather, but you don’t want to be one of them.
  • Pay extra attention to your blind spots and all of your surroundings by being alert and looking around frequently.
  • Keep your hands and arms free of fatigue by sitting a comfortable distance from the steering wheel and placing your hands at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions.
  • Drive defensively. Watch how the drivers around you are behaving and how their cars look, and you’ll probably see signs of who to stay away from.

If you've been injured in an accident due to someone else's careless driving in wintry conditions, contact Whiting Law for a free consultation.

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