With fall upon us, it will not be long before winter weather arrives. With winter weather comes days of snowy or icy roads. While snowy or icy roads can cause driving to be a more dangerous activity, unless you are going to hide out in your home all winter, you will likely have to drive on icy or snowy roads at some point this winter. As Indiana car accident lawyers, we would like to provide some tips to help you drive safely this winter.
- Make sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition. If the traction on your tires is wearing, replace them. If your tires cannot properly grip the road, especially in bad weather, you are more likely to get in an accident.
- Decrease your speed while increasing your following distance. Just because the roads look clear does not always mean they are safe. Black ice can be particularly dangerous, as drivers may think the road is clear until they need to slow down or stop suddenly.
- Start braking earlier than normal to allow yourself more time.
- Accelerate slowly. This will allow your tires to get a better grip on the road.
- When possible, practical, and legal, slow down rather than coming to a complete stop. It is easier to get moving when your tires are slowly rolling, rather than when your vehicle has come to a complete stop.
- Be aware of other drivers on the road, particularly those who are driving too quickly, following too close, or otherwise not practicing safe driving. When possible, increase your distance from an unsafe driver.
- Have a blanket, a first aid kit, and other emergency supplies in your vehicle. If you get stranded, you will want these items.
- Continue practicing good driving throughout the season. Do not allow yourself to become overconfident, driving faster or following closer as the season progresses.
Unfortunately, even when you take the proper precautions to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter driving, sometimes other drivers may cause accidents. If you were injured in a car accident caused by another driver, contact us.