As the weather gets colder, the roads are likely to be slicker, and driving may become more dangerous. Even as the roads get slicker, though, there are several steps you can take to be a safer winter driver.
- When your windows are iced over or your vehicle is covered in snow, always clear it off completely. Do not just scrape off a little section of your window, and then take off down the road. Your blind spot will be huge if you can only see out of a small portion of your windshield. It is also important to clear all the snow off your vehicle. If you leave snow on your roof, it could fall onto your front or back windshield while you are driving, causing a visibility issue.
- Leave early. Whether going to work, school, a doctor's appointment, or another place, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make it to your destination. Then you will not feel rushed.
- Slow down on wet or icy roads. Be smart about your speed. It is better to take a little extra time than to drive too fast for the road conditions.
- Increase your following distance. Because icy roads can be unpredictable, you will want extra stopping distance.
- If weather conditions are considered particularly dangerous, only drive if necessary. The less people on the roads when the weather is extremely bad, the better.
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for the colder weather. This likely means having it checked over by a mechanic. Especially if you are taking a longer trip, it may mean making sure you have food, blankets, and other survival items, just in case you get stuck in the snow. You may also want to put a shovel in your vehicle, so you can dig your tires out if you do get stuck.
Unfortunately, not everyone on the road is going to take the proper precautions to be a safe winter driver, if you were involved in an accident caused by another driver, a car accident lawyer can help you. Contact us to learn what we can do for you.