While it would be ideal to stay off the road when harsh weather moves into the area, this is easier said than done. After all, you have places to be and you have people to see.
What to Expect
Now that the winter months are here in full force, you must be prepared for anything that could come your way.
For example, colder temperatures are right around the corner. This can impact your mind and body, not to mention the way that your vehicle performs.
Here is a recent excerpt from a News 8000 article:
“The cold causes your skin and the body tissue beneath it to freeze. Symptoms of frostbite include pale skin, redness, numbness, blisters, and even increased pain in the affected area.”
This doesn’t directly discuss the roadways, but instead focuses on your overall level of health in cold weather. However, remember this: if it’s cold enough for frostbite to be a concern it’s cold enough for the roads to freeze, thus making it a challenge to stay safe.
Before we discuss tips for preventing a winter car accident, you need to learn more about the primary causes.
We already discussed cold temperatures, but now it’s time to look into something else: snow and ice.
When the snow begins to fall, clear roadways can soon become covered. As a driver, this means many things. First and foremost, you need to slow down. Along with this, it would be in your best interest to reach your destination as soon as possible.
Also, make sure you’re paying attention to what other drivers are doing. Although you can only control the decisions you make, you may be able to pinpoint someone who is driving in a dangerous manner. Subsequently, you can do whatever it takes to keep your distance.
Even when there is no snow on the road, there’s always the chance that ice can accumulate. Making this even worse is the fact that black ice comes into play, meaning that you won’t be able to see it on the surface.
Once again, the best way to protect yourself against an ice related accident is to slow your vehicle.
Accident Prevention and Safety Tips
If accident prevention and safety is on your mind (as it should be), here are some tips to follow during the winter months:
- Slow down. As noted above, this is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall level of safety. If you do nothing else, make sure you drive at a slower rate of speed when conditions take a turn for the worse.
- Maximize visibility. Are your windshield wipers in good working condition? How about your wiper fluid? You need to maximize visibility when the weather worsens, as this allows you to see the road in front of you.
- Proper tire pressure. You don’t want your tires to be overinflated or underinflated, as both of these will impact the way your vehicle tackles the winter weather.
- Don’t become distracted. You have enough to focus on, so you don’t want to become distracted by your cell phone, passengers, or radio. Keep your eyes on the road and those around you at all times.
- Don’t be a hero. If you find that you’re unable to reach your destination, there’s nothing wrong with turning back or seeking shelter. It may be disappointing, but it’s better than taking a risk.
With these tips guiding you, it’s easier to stay safe on the roads this winter season.
Unfortunately, there’s one last thing you need to remember: other drivers won’t take the same level of caution as you. This means that you could be involved in an accident, despite the fact that you’re doing everything possible to remain safe.
If you’re involved in a car accident this winter, do these three things:
- Move your car to safety (if possible).
- Contact police and an ambulance.
- Stay put until help arrives.
Once you’re feeling better, you can then learn more about your legal rights. At our law firm, we’ve helped many people receive compensation as the result of car accident injuries and other damages.