Safe Driving for the Winter

With colder, snowier weather upon us, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the best ways to stay safe on the roads as they get more dangerous. Weather conditions from rain to sleet to snow impact our travel immensely, especially if we aren’t prepared for them. Here’s a brief checklist of things to do to ensure that your driving time over the next few months is as safe as possible.

  • Let your vehicle warm up enough to fully defrost your front and back windshields so you have clear visibility.
  • Drive more slowly, remembering that speed limits pertain to good weather conditions. If the road is slippery, speeding only increases your chance of an accident.
  • Make sure you signal and start to slow down for any stops earlier than usual. You want to give other drivers plenty of time to react to your actions.
  • Make sure your car’s maintenance is up to date before the bad weather starts.
  • Check your tires regularly to make sure the pressure and tread is still good.
  • Check your battery and your windshield wipers to make sure they are in good shape.
  • Plan out your travel route and time more carefully than you may do in nicer weather. It will likely take longer to get around.
  • Keep things like blankets, a flashlight, kitty litter, and an emergency medical kit in your car in case you run into any trouble and get delayed or stranded on the road.

If you've been injured in an accident due to someone else's negligence on the snowy roads, contact Whiting Law for a free consultation.

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