Winter weather conditions account for 900 deaths and 76,000 injuries on American roadways every year. That’s why it's crucial for every driver to know how to prepare and protect themselves each time they get behind the wheel during the winter months. Below, the auto accident attorneys at Peck & Peck Attorneys At Law in Hartford, Connecticut, share three winter driving tips to help you stay safe.
3 Winter Driving Tips
1. Go Slow
Many wintertime road accidents happen because drivers are simply moving too fast. The first rule of safe winter driving is to slow down. Falling snow, rain, sleet, and fog can obscure your view, and it's wise to be extra cautious when the path in front of you is not entirely clear or not easily navigable. Also, drivers often can't tell if a road is slick or icy until they're on top of it — more reason to slow down and take it easy.
2. Have an Emergency Kit Ready
Having an emergency roadside kit ready is advisable any time of the year, but it's especially important in winter. If you're driving on a long stretch of deserted road and an accident leaves you stranded, you will need supplies to depend on. Basic emergency provisions should include a flashlight, candles and matches, extra winter clothing, blankets, a first-aid kit, and bottled water.
3. Plan Your Route
During the winter months, leave yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go, and plan your route accordingly. This involves checking weather reports to help you gauge any potential threats and prepare as necessary. Also, make sure your phone is fully charged when you get in your vehicle — this could literally save your life should you become stranded or need emergency assistance.
If you've been involved in a car crash, let the auto accident attorneys at Peck & Peck Attorneys At Law help you explore your legal options. They have more than 35 years of experience representing clients throughout the Hartford area in accident, injury, and malpractice law cases. Call (860) 236-4782, visit them online, or connect with them on Facebook to schedule a free consultation with a car injury and auto accident attorney.