Tips for safe driving this winter

Every winter, the risk of a serious road accident occurring increases due to hazardous weather conditions. Many drivers are unprepared for driving on icy, slippery roads or with the reduced visibility caused by snow and sleet.

If you are unfortunate enough to be injured in a motor vehicle accident this winter, contacting an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to assess whether you have a valid claim. Avoiding an accident, however, would be even better. Here are a few pointers for staying safe on the roads this winter:

1. Pay attention to the weather forecast.

Knowing is half the battle. If the TV tells you that driving conditions are likely to be hazardous, make sure to allow extra time for your journey and be prepared for gridlock.

2. Make sure that your vehicle is in good driving condition.

Switch to winter tires if you have them and make sure that they are correctly inflated. Make sure that your battery is charged. If your car's heater has been making strange noises, make sure to have it checked out.

3. Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle.

As well as making sure that your spare tire is inflated, having jumper cables and a warning triangle can be useful if your car breaks down at the side of the road. Reflective or warm blankets and extra warm clothing can be life-saving in certain situations.

4. Drive carefully, not aggressively.

Stopping distances are greatly increased in icy conditions, even with winter tires. You also have less thinking time than you might think, especially in low-visibility conditions. Leave plenty of room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, and be extra-vigilant for hazards.

5. If you don't have to drive, don't drive.

If the forecast is dire and you can work from home, why take the risk? And even though the winter sales may be especially enticing, online shopping lets the bargains come right to your front door.

Following these tips can help you to avoid an accident and be prepared for the worst, but the risks of winter driving cannot be completely eliminated. If you've been injured in an accident on the roads this winter, be sure to contact a skilled lawyer who can provide you with effective counsel and representation.

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