Stay Safe This Winter with These Important Reminders

snowy%20road.jpgIt’s not just motorists who are at a high risk of accidents on the slick road surfaces or darker driving conditions of winter. Pedestrians are at a much higher risk of accidents because of those dangerous factors and several others. Keep these simple safety tips in mind when you drive and walk this winter.

Over the next few weeks, make sure that your car is primed for driving. Stock up with the essentials and keep an emergency kit in your car to help keep you safe if you are stranded during a sudden storm. Monitor your local weather alerts to see if there is any snow predicted for your route and if there is a snow alert, take an alternative route, or cancel the trip.

Make sure that your car is in good working order. Check brake fluids, windshield wipers, and tire pressure. Remember, your car will be under immense stress as you drive over rain or snow-covered roads, or slick and slippery surfaces. Keep the windshield clean. Any scratches or dents on the windscreen could scatter sunlight, creating glare, and impact impairing your ability to drive safely.

Avoid running any of the electrical systems in a car for longer than is necessary. Check which roads have been cleared of snow, so that you can avoid snow-covered routes and save valuable time.

Darker conditions during Indiana winters can also contribute to a motorist’s risk of an accident. It’s hard to spot accident risks when driving in low visibility. Drivers should expect more such days of dark driving in the weeks and months ahead. Also, remember to clear snow from the roof of the car before you begin driving to eliminate hazards for other drivers.

Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. It’s recommended that you start at least 10-minutes early to account for road conditions and possible weather related delays. You can expect to use brakes frequently during winter. Wear comfortable shoes. Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the car in front of you.

If you are walking city streets during winter weather, be aware that winter brings increased risks. Dark conditions result in drivers who are more focused on the conditions of the road and less focused on watching out for pedestrians. Remember that pedestrians tend to walk faster in cold weather and may not be as focused on watching out for accident risks. A walker is also less likely to hear or see an approaching car because of the winter wear. When you are all bundled up in your coat, gloves, muffler and hat and looking straight ahead you are less likely to have a clear field of vision . As much as possible, one should avoid walking at night.

If you have suffered injuries in an accident, you can file a claim for compensation for damages. Speak to an Indiana personal injury lawyer at our firm to discuss your claim for compensation.