Winter in Indiana can be quite beautiful but it can also be quite treacherous. When heavy snows fall overnight, or during rush hour traffic, even the most efficient snow removal systems have difficulty keeping up.
When the roads become slick and visibility is limited, Indiana drivers must be extra careful about their safety and the safety of other drivers on the road. Every driver needs to remember there are several important tips for safer driving on snow and ice-covered roads.
- Ensure that your tires are properly inflated. This provides better traction on snow covered roads.
- Never use cruise control while driving on slick and hazardous roads. You have less control when the speed is set.
- Always use your seat belt.
- Ensure your windshield is clear of any snow or ice. An obstructed view limits your options for avoiding hazards.
- Increase the distance between you and the car ahead of you. The two second rule only applies when road conditions are optimal. You may not be able to stop quickly, or at all, if snow and ice are on the roads.
- Remove snow that might be covering your car if you’ve parked outside during a snowfall. Be sure your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals are free of snow to provide other drivers a clear indication of your intent.
- Remove snow from the top of your car. While blowing snow from the top of your car looks cool in your rear view mirror, it is a hazard to other drivers, obstructing their view of the road. If you have ice that has formed on the roof of your car, this could fly off and hit a following vehicle with catastrophic results.
- Finally, one should always ensure that they’ve left plenty of time to get to their destination. Snow-covered roads will result in delays and being in a hurry only leads to a greater risk for you, your passengers, and other drivers.
In years past, the snow has fallen fast and furious, making the task of keeping the roads clear nearly impossible. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to allow for the road conditions, maintain unsafe speeds, and putting themselves and other drivers at greater risk for injury and even death.
Not every driver is prepared for winter road conditions. If you have been injured because of another driver’s careless driving on Indiana roads, the attorneys at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP invite you to contact the firm to see if you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Time is limited to pursue a claim. Contact them today.