In the colder months of the year, all areas of the country experience some form of extreme weather. Regardless of where you live, you can learn how to avoid extreme weather accidents by learning effective driving tips and tricks. In order to avoid accidents, injury or even death, taking the most precautions when driving in the winter could save a life.
To ensure you stay safe on the road this winter, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best winter driving tips. Meyers Injury Law understands that car accidents can be a devastating event on your and your family. Expenses from these accidents can strain you physically, mentally, and financially. Insurance companies want to force you to settle your claim for less. Our firm is here to help you get the recovery you deserve from your car accident so you can move forward with your life.
Here are some driving tips to keep you safe this winter:
- Emergency Kit
- Warm up Your Car
- Check Your Exhaust Pipe
- Slow Down
- Avoid Using Cruise Control
- Double Check Your Tires
Winter driving always requires being prepared for the worst. Worst case scenario: getting into an accident and not being able to find warm clothing. While this is truly the worst case scenario, being prepared can go a long way. A blanket, food, and water should always be kept in the trunk of your car just in case of an emergency. Additionally, you may wish to include some extra clothes, a flashlight, a glass scraper, and medications.
Warm up Your Car Up
The best thing to do during the winter months is to let your vehicle warm up for a bit before driving. By doing this, not only will your passengers feel more comfortable as they enter your car, but also the car itself gets ready for travel. The problem with this, however, is that chemicals like carbon monoxide can gather in the air if warming up your vehicle in a closed garage; resulting in serious health issues. You should avoid warming your car up in an enclosed garage.
Check Your Exhaust Pipe
To avoid getting stranded on the road, inspect your exhaust pipe for obstructions such as ice, snow and mud. When the engine is running and your exhaust pipe is clogged, carbon monoxide gas can leak into the passenger compartment of a vehicle. The consequences of this can be deadly, as well as causing further traffic accidents. Before getting on the road, especially in the winter, be sure to double check your exhaust.
Snow and ice make roads particularly slippery during the winter months. Consequently, you won’t be able to maneuver your vehicle as well as you normally would. The colder the temperatures, the more difficult it is to get your car to start, let alone not slide on the ice. Your vehicle may slide down a hill or spin out of control when speeding on ice or after heavy rain or snowfall. Drive slowly up hills, and do not power-speed, in order to prevent an accident from occurring.
Avoid Using Cruise Control
Cruise control is best avoided in the winter time. In general, cruise control knows how to keep a constant speed, but it does not know how to adjust for slick surfaces or deal with the effects of tires that lose grip. It is not uncommon for your wheels to spin when you drive on snow or ice, and cruise control will only make the problem worse. As a result, it can be dangerous to use cruise control in the winter and could result in a crash.
Double Check Your Tires
In the winter, it’s important to ensure that your vehicle tires are in good shape before hitting the road. You will have greater control of your vehicle while driving on slick surfaces if your tires are well treaded. Tire pressure is also crucial. When checking for both of these things, make sure the tire is cold. For the proper PSI, there should be a chart on the driver’s side door or in the car’s owner’s manual. To check the tread on your tires, use the generic penny rule.
Meyers Injury Law
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As an attorney based in Nashville, Tennessee, Chad Meyers focuses his practice on those with catastrophic injuries involving car accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, general personal injury claims, and wrongful death. Having grown up in Kansas City, Missouri where his father ran a family owned funeral home, Chad Meyers has the unique injury industry knowledge you didn’t know you needed. Meyers Injury Law can get you the help you need, just when you need it.