When winter strikes in Massachusetts, drivers face a variety of challenges every time they must operate their vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, snowy, icy, and slushy roads are involved in nearly one in four weather-related vehicle collisions.
The conditions can make it difficult for drivers to see clearly, as well as slow down and stop. Whether you are embarking on a long journey to running errands throughout town, the following are important safety tips to prevent being involved in a car accident during the winter months.
Prepare Your Vehicle
To avoid being stranded, keeping up with car maintenance throughout the year is imperative. Putting off service can become an expensive issue in the future. Try to schedule your routine maintenance ahead of a long-distance drive or before a snow storm hits the area.
Check your tires to make sure they are in adequate shape. Cold winter temperatures can lower tire pressure, so check tire pressure monthly. The tread depth should be at least 1/8 an inch, which you can gauge by using a quarter and measuring from the coin’s edge to Washington’s head.
Practice Safe Driving Techniques in Winter Conditions
Before you leave your driveway or parking lot, clear snow and ice off your vehicle. “Peephole driving” through a small, cleared spot on your windshield limits your visibility severely.
Remember, speed limits are meant for drive roadways, not roads covered in snow and ice. Reduce your speed and increase following distance since road conditions are hazardous and visibility is decreased. Remain cautious driving over overpasses and bridges, since they are commonly the first areas to become icy. Always drive with your headlights on.
Check the Weather
Monitor weather and road conditions by checking the local news stations or the internet on traffic and weather websites. Find a way to sign up for alerts to receive text messages regarding inclement weather in your area.
If you were involved in a car accident that was caused by a negligent driver in Massachusetts, contact our Worchester personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. today.