Drive Safe this Winter with These 6 Tips
6 Safe Winter Driving Tips
According to The Federal Highway Administration, traffic accidents on snowy, slushy, or icy roads account for 24% of weather-related traffic accidents. As car accident lawyers, we know that beyond snowstorms, general issues, like your car breaking down, can lead to more significant problems when it’s freezing outside. That’s why drivers must be on high alert and take extra precautions to stay safe on the roads during the winter months. Here are our winter driving tips:
Leave extra space between cars. When the streets are damp with snow, slush, or ice, you need extra time to stop, whether that be at a light, stop sign, or if a car suddenly slams on their brakes. Leaving additional space between vehicles can help to prevent an accident if your car skids or hydroplanes in these conditions.
Have an ice scraper on hand. Sometimes a storm occurs while you’re already out or on the road. When you have an ice scraper in your car, you’ll be prepared for the accumulation of snow or ice on your windshield at any time.
Clear snow and ice off your windows AND roof before driving. You should never rush through the process or cut corners when clearing off your car after a snowstorm. Both your front and rear windshields, all side windows, and your roof should be entirely clear of snow and ice once you’re ready to go. Many drivers neglect to clean their roofs off, and this is harmful to other drivers on the road. Big chunks of ice or snow can fly off while you’re driving, causing other drivers to get into an accident.
Keep a flashlight, blanket, and water bottles in your car. If your car were to break down on a cold or stormy day or night, you need to be prepared to wait for help since it may take longer for roadside assistance to get to you. Or, you may need to pull over during a storm until the conditions clear. Keeping a flashlight, blanket, and water in your car helps you see in the dark, stay warm, and stay hydrated as you wait.
Double-check your windshield wiper fluid and tire pressure. Windshield washer fluid comes in handy when you’re trying to keep your windshield clear during a snow or ice storm. Make sure your reservoir stays full during the winter months, so you don’t run out when you need it most. Cold weather also affects your tire pressure. Don’t wait until the tire pressure light comes on to put air in your tires. Check them before you know the weather is going to drop to ensure you’re prepared for what’s to come.
Fill up your tank before long journeys and make sure your phone is charged. The unpredictability of the weather in the winter can leave drivers stranded or stopped for extended periods of time. One of the worst situations a driver can find themselves in is running out of gas in the middle of nowhere without a phone to use. Make sure you always have at least a half tank of gas and a full phone charge before heading out anywhere.
When it’s snowing or you know a storm is coming, it’s best to stay home if you aren’t required to leave your house. No matter what the weather is like, you should always be prepared for an emergency. Follow our tips to stay safe on the roads this winter. As always, remember to not talk/text while driving unless you are using a hands-free device.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates today by calling (215) 953-5200. We provide free case evaluations.