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How to Stay Safe While Driving in Winter

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You undoubtedly know how to drive your vehicle safely during normal driving conditions. But, how adept are you with winter driving? In some areas, winter conditions can make driving very dangerous and almost impossible.

The last thing you want to happen when you’re out on the road is to get stuck in the ice and snow or damage your vehicle (or anyone else’s vehicle). With that in mind, take a look at these helpful, safe winter driving tips and tricks:

Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Roadworthy

Did you know that the cause of many winter accidents on the road isn’t to do with how people drive or even the wintry conditions themselves? It might surprise you to learn that many winter road traffic accidents are down to unroadworthy vehicles.

That’s why it’s crucial you take the time to check your car or truck is in perfect mechanical condition. For example, you should ensure that you’ve got appropriate winter tires on your wheels as they provide extra grip on snowy and icy roads.

Also, you must ensure that your brakes are functioning correctly, as are other safety systems like ABS and stability control.

Don’t Drive Fast

It might seem like an obvious statement to make, but when there are poor driving conditions outside, the last thing you should do is drive fast.

One of the most common cases any car crash lawyer might have to deal with during the winter is when drivers speed along the road and end up with out of control vehicles that crash into other vehicles, property, or even pedestrians in some cases.

Always drive appropriately according to the driving conditions. When there is ice and snow on the road, you will find it hard to control your car or truck if you drive quickly.

Don’t Travel Unless Necessary

If the snow is coming down thick and fast, you need to question whether your journey is essential. For example, if you were going to travel for leisure reasons, it makes more sense to stay at home.

You should only travel if you need groceries or in emergencies. If you can do so, work from home instead of traveling to your place of work. You will obviously be less likely to have an accident if you stay at home instead of traveling in treacherous conditions.

Pack an Emergency Kit of Essentials

Last but not least, if you become stranded in the snow or have an accident on the road, it can take a long time for any emergency services to reach you due to the traveling conditions and the increased demand for help.

It makes sense to have an emergency kit of essentials in your vehicle that you can use should something happen to you during your journey. Examples of what you can take with you include:

  • A warm blanket;
  • An LED flashlight;
  • An ice scraper and snow shovel;
  • A bottle of water and some snacks.

By following the above suggestions, you will diminish your chances of having problems during your winter travels.

Karla Urwitz
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