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WINTER DRIVING

TIPS FOR AVOIDING CAR ACCIDENTS IN ICY CONDITIONS

Article by Bianca Rodriguez

Photography by Bianca Rodriguez

Winter brings with it a picturesque blanket of snow, but it also brings icy conditions that can make driving a challenging task.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), over 1,300 people are killed, and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement annually.

As an injury law firm, we understand the importance of staying safe on the roads during these colder months. In this blog, we'll provide essential tips to help you avoid car accidents and navigate winter driving with confidence.

  • Check Your Vehicle's Condition: Before hitting the road, ensure your vehicle is prepared for winter conditions. Check your car’s brakes, battery, lights, seatbelts, windshield wipers, and tire tread. Replace worn-out tires and consider investing in winter tires designed to provide better traction. A well-maintained vehicle is crucial for safe winter driving.
  • Check Weather Conditions and Plan Your Route Accordingly: Check weather forecasts before heading out and stay updated on changing conditions during your journey. Plan your route and consider alternative routes when needed. If possible, postpone your trip if severe weather is expected.
  • Slow Down and Increase Following Distance: In icy conditions, your car's traction is reduced, making it harder to stop quickly. It's crucial to reduce your speed and increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This allows for more reaction time and helps prevent rear-end collisions.
  •  Use Your Headlights: Visibility can be significantly reduced during winter weather. Always use your headlights, even during the day, to ensure that other drivers can see you. This simple step can help prevent collisions and enhance overall road safety.
  •  Brake with Caution: Use gentle and steady pressure on the brakes to avoid skidding. If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), trust it to do its job and abstain from pumping the brakes.
  • Carry an Emergency Kit: Prepare for the unexpected by keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include items such as a snow shovel, an ice scraper, a flashlight, non-perishable snacks, and a first aid kit.

Remember, safety should always be a top priority, and taking extra precautions during winter weather is essential for both you and other road users.

Injured in a car crash due to a negligent driver?

Unfortunately, most auto accidents are not only caused by driver error or driver recklessness, but also most accidents are entirely preventable. If you were injured by a drunk driver, a tired driver, or someone who was speeding or texting, you deserve to be fully compensated for all your economic and noneconomic losses.

Ace Law Group can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us at 702-333-4223 to schedule your free initial consultation.

 

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