It’s not too early to prepare for the winter driving season, especially if you will be driving in snow and/or ice. According to OSHA there are three important things which can help to make driving safer, being prepared to deal with any emergencies, and to help prevent car accidents and injuries. These three things are preparation, protection, and prevention.
- Car maintenance – Keep your car in good repair.
- Carry a winter driving kit – flashlight, booster cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, window washing solvent, warning devices (like flares), blankets, gloves or mittens. For long trips, add food and water, and any medications. Don’t forget your cell phone.
- Knowing what to do if your car stalls or stops – Stay with your car, use a bright marker on your antenna, run your car just enough to keep warm making sure the exhaust pipe is clear.
- Planning your route – Allow plenty of time for weather conditions, be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.
- Educate yourself on driving in snow and/or ice – Always drive at a speed which matches visibility, traffic and road conditions.
- Wear warm clothing that is comfortable and allows freedom of movement.
- Always use seat belts and child restraints.
- Know the proper placement of infant seats.
- Never drive if you have been drinking alcohol.
- Never drive if you have been using drugs, even prescription drugs if they affect your ability to drive safely.
- Don’t drive if you are drowsy. Fatigue has been shown to affect safe driving as much as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- If you plan on drinking at a holiday party or event, have a designated sober driver or use a ride service.
- Allow extra time to get to your destination in poor driving conditions, slow down & leaving extra distance between cars.
- Watch out for pedestrians walking near the roadway.
AAA Has Publication With Snow & Ice Safe Driving Tips
The American Automobile Association has a great online publication to help you prepare yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving. It also has great tips for winter driving techniques. Other tips include items like keeping your gas tank at least half full, never warming up a vehicle in an enclosed area and more.
Although you may do your part and be prepared for and practice safe winter driving, you may find yourself involved in a car accident that was the fault of another driver. If you or a family member has this happen and is seriously injured you should always consult with a car accident attorney. Your attorney will make sure your rights are preserved and that the insurance companies give you full and fair compensation for your damages.
Sometimes in complicated accidents involving more than one vehicle or commercial carriers, more than one person or party can be held liable and your personal injury attorney will know just what steps need to be taken to make sure you have the best representation for your accident claim.
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