As the winter sets in, you’re going to face new driving hazards. Every year, there’s a rash of accidents at the beginning of the winter, and people seem to have forgotten how to drive safely in the snow and ice.
To help combat this, it’s important to think about the different hazards you face and how to address them. A few examples are below.
The biggest thing to remember when driving on slick roads is that you need to slow down and increase your following distances. This helps you retain control of the car so that you don’t slide off of the road, and it gives you enough time to react if something unexpected happens ahead of you.
Another problem is when a storm sweeps in and the blowing snow reduces visibility to zero. At a time like this, it’s important not to use your high beams, which just make visibility even worse. But you do want to keep your fog lights on and you may even want to turn on your hazard lights so that drivers behind you are aware.
It’s not just snow that reduces visibility. The winter days are also shorter, meaning more driving happens at night. This can be especially problematic if you encounter inclement weather, because the glare on your windshield can be exaggerated, making it very difficult to see.
What are your options?
Even if you drive correctly, someone else could still strike your vehicle and cause serious injuries. Be sure you know about all of your options to seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs.