Despite some unseasonably warm days here and there. It is wintertime, which means that if drivers are not prepared, they could be involved in winter weather car accidents. Therefore, it is crucial that before drivers head out on the road this season, they know safety tips for driving in winter weather. Knowing this information could mean the difference between suffering a car wreck and making it to their destination safe and sound.
4 Tips for Driving Safely in Winter Weather
If the weather is bad, the first option drivers should pursue is to stay where they are until the weather gets better. However, if that’s not possible, there are steps they can take to prepare themselves and their vehicles to avoid winter weather car accidents, including:
- Make sure your battery is in good shape. Batteries generally last three to five years. When the weather gets cold, a battery that is already wearing out, can die, which could leave you stranded.
- Have the right tires. You should make sure that your tires have snow chains and/or tires with extra traction.
- Drive much slower. To avoid your car losing traction on a snowy or icy road, you should take your time. Drive at or below the speed limit. Avoid slamming on the brakes. Make turns and lane changes slowly.
- Carry an emergency kit. In case your vehicle breaks down or gets stuck, have road flares, a shovel, blankets, and kitty litter (cat litter can help give your tires traction if you get stuck in the snow or ice.
If you or someone you love was the victim of a car wreck, you may be able to hold the other driver accountable financially through a personal injury lawsuit.
The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Donald G. Targan & Associates defend the rights of the victims of car accidents as well as other forms of personal injury.