Safe Winter Driving Tips
The roads are getting nasty, and the holidays are upon us, which raises the risk for motor vehicle accidents. If you don’t want to be part of the statistics this winter, we suggest taking a few extra minutes up front to prepare for the hazards and potential disasters you will face when hitting the road this holiday season. We want to keep you and your family safe, as well as help you avoid incidents, including drunk drivers, tired drivers, and generally reckless drivers.
- Prepare an emergency car kit: include things like road salt, kitty litter, a shovel, flashlights, blankets, water, snacks, extra batteries, jumper cables, and anything you think you might need in the event of an accident or a breakdown in potentially bad weather.
- Don’t ever travel without telling someone where you are going and what time you plan to arrive. Although most everyone travels with cell phones now, it’s still important to let loved ones know your location in case you are in an accident or lose cell service in a remote area or a storm.
- Practice safe driving habits on ice and snow. It may be tempting to drive at normal speeds or to think you can handle whatever the weather throws at you, but remember that elements on the road can be completely unpredictable. It’s always safe to practice braking slowly, to keep your speeds lower than usual, and to stay far enough away from other cars that you don’t have to make last minute decisions to avoid a collision.
- No matter how tempting it may be, or how safe you think you are, don’t ever, EVER drive after you’ve consumed alcohol, or if you haven’t had an adequate amount of sleep.
- Buckle up! Everyone in the car should wear a seatbelt at all times, and pay attention to the car seat recommendations and laws for your children. Keep those little ones safe by restraining them in the proper type of seat!
- Put in some leg work up front by making sure regular maintenance is performed on your car. Check your tires, both for tread and air pressure. Make sure your fluids are changed and topped off. Add some de-icing liquid to your windshield wiper fluid, and make sure all of your lights and signals are working properly.
No matter where you are traveling this holiday, keep in mind that you are not the only one on the roads. Be cautious and be gracious when you are driving, and get to your destinations safely! If you have questions about a car accident you have been involved in, give the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese a call and we can assist you with recovering compensation for your injuries.