Safe Driving in Winter Conditions

Snowy-Roads-300x152A road made wet by ice and snow is not just a driving inconvenience, but also a potential safety hazard. This winter, as you continue to drive through hazardous conditions in Indiana, pay attention to the road and make sure that you and your car are equipped to deal with emergencies. The American Auto Association offers many tips for drivers to help reduce the risk of being involved in an auto accident this winter season.

Remember that driving in winter is especially challenging. It is no time to drive while fatigued. The changing visibility and weather conditions mean that motorists are much more likely to feel tired, leading to distraction and drowsiness while driving. This is potentially hazardous when you’re driving in an already very challenging environment.

The best defense against an accident in winter is adequately inflated tires. Before a trip, make sure that your tires are properly set at the right pressure, and avoid combining radial tires with other types of tires.

It’s always best to be sparing with your use of cruise control in winter, especially on slippery or icy road conditions.

The last thing that you want is to be stuck in a snow emergency with an empty gas tank. Make sure that your tank is at least half full at all times to avoid a freeze-up.

Make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained at all times, but winter is when your car needs to perform at its optimum. Stay alert for adverse weather conditions in your area. Watch weather alerts before driving, especially before a long drive. If severe weather is expected along your route, change your course, or delay your trip.

Make sure that your exhaust pipes are entirely cleared of any obstructions like ice or snow. A blocked exhaust can cause potentially deadly carbon monoxide fumes to leak into your car.

Slow, patient driving is key to safe winter driving. Avoid sudden acceleration or deceleration. Speeding on winter roads is particularly deadly. Leave your point of origin early enough to make it to your destination in time to avoid rushing along the way.

Keep your car stocked with an emergency kit that is equipped with some essentials, including first aid supplies, a flashlight, drinking water, snacks, a brightly colored cloth, and flares.

If you are stuck in a snowstorm, remain inside the car. Do not get out and attempt to walk to help. Staying in your car is a much safer option than walking outside in the heavy snow and reduced visibility. Make sure that your family and loved ones are aware of your trip, and your expected time of arrival at your destination.

Last, but not least, avoid unnecessary trips during terrible weather. You might be a very experienced driver, but winter roads can be a treacherous adversary.

The Indiana car accident lawyers at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson Kennedy, LLP represent persons who have been injured in auto accidents across Indiana. Whether those accidents are a result of driver inattention or dangerous conditions, our attorneys are interested in speaking with you concerning your case. Contact our office today and learn if our firm can assist you.