It’s easy to forget that winter driving requires a different skill set than operating your vehicle at other times of the year. With the possibility of slick roads covered in ice, driving in snow takes focus and patience. The best way to avoid a single or multi-vehicle accident in winter is to be prepared for the changes in road conditions, weather, and the way your vehicle operates.
If you are involved in an auto accident in winter, contact a law firm with experience in litigating vehicle collision cases. Lewis & Keller provides a free, no-obligation review of your claim when you submit the free case evaluation form located on the left side of this page.
How do I Stay Safe Driving in Snow?
Driving defensively is always the best tactic to prevent an accident from occurring, but defensive driving in winter necessitates an additional set of skills. The following tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe behind the wheel this winter:
- Before setting out, decide if your trip needs to be taken. It is always safer to avoid driving in snow unless absolutely necessary
- Inspect lights, tires, and vehicle fluids before getting on the road
- Check the vehicle’s battery, ignition, and distributor
- Know your car and how it handles; know how to turn on lights, use all direction signals, etc.
- Drive slower than posted speed limits
- Give yourself extra room between vehicles
- Always note road signs indicating blind curves, frozen bridges, etc.
- Avoid skidding by applying the brakes gently
- Keep traction between your tires and the road by driving in lower gears
- Keep lights on so other drivers have a better chance of seeing you
- Pump standard brakes gently; apply steady pressure to anti-lock brakes (ABS)
- If your vehicle gets stuck, shovel snow away from path of the wheels and pour sand, gravel, or salt in its place for traction
- Beware black ice
- Keep windshield and lights clear of snow and ice
- Scan the road visually to keep an eye out for potential hazards to spot them early
Never assume that your vehicle can handle all weather and road conditions. Ideally, using a different set of tires for summer and winter driving is a great way to be sure your vehicle can handle snowy conditions and frozen roads. The Weather Channel recommends practicing winter driving techniques in an open parking lot to be sure that you can handle your car when you have to operate in on the road.
Were you or a loved one the victim of a winter auto accident because another driver was behaving negligently or recklessly? If so, you could be entitled to compensation that can assist with medical bills, repair costs, and other expenses associated with the accident.
Contacting Our Auto Accident Law Firm
The legal team at Lewis & Keller has the skill and experience to handle your auto accident claim from start to finish. Let our firm fight for the justice and compensation that you deserve by contacting us through the free case evaluation form at the bottom of this page. If you prefer to call, contact us at 866-299-1769 for a confidential and free review of your claim today.