According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 1.3 million car accidents are caused by inclement weather. Black ice is particularly dangerous because it looks like the road is simply wet. By the time a motorist realizes that they have hit an icy patch, it is often too late, and they lose control of the vehicle. Common sense would suggest that staying home until the roads are safe for travel is the wise choice. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. If travel is unavoidable, the following safety tips will help you stay safe and avoid weather-related car accidents.
Winter Driving Tips
Make sure that your car has been winterized by checking the brakes, heater, defroster, exhaust system, and lights. Replace the wiper blades, test the battery, inspect your tires, and confirm that you have enough antifreeze.
Do not mix radial and non-radial tires as they handle road conditions differently.
Reduce your speed if road conditions are not ideal.
Do not tailgate. Driving too close to the car in front of you gives you less time to react if something goes wrong.
Give yourself extra travel time so that you are not tempted to speed or pass other drivers when the road is slippery.
Use extra caution on bridges, overpasses, and shady spots as they become icy faster than other parts of the road.
Avoid using cruise control to stay focused on the road.
Make sure you have plenty of gas.
Keep your headlights on, including during the day.
Do not attempt to pass a snowplow.
Keep a cell phone charger in your vehicle so that your phone remains fully charged in case of an emergency.
Do not panic. Slamming the brakes or overcompensating a turn can make it more difficult to maintain control of the car.
Keep an emergency kit in the car that includes extra flashlights, batteries, salt or kitty litter, non-perishable food like nuts and granola bars, plenty of drinking water, extra blankets, a first-aid kit, and a shovel.
If you get stuck, do not leave your vehicle. Light a flare if you have one, or tie a brightly colored piece of fabric on your car where rescue personnel can see it.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Injured Victims of Collisions
If you have been injured in a car accident this winter, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We understand how stressful and traumatic car accidents can be, particularly when injuries are involved. Protecting your rights is our top priority and we will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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