Poor weather conditions are responsible for countless car accidents. Slippery roads and poor visibility can make driving safely more of a challenge and require drivers to adjust their driving to suit current conditions. It is extremely important to exercise caution when it is rainy, snowy, icy, windy, or foggy – failure to do so could put your safety and the safety of others in serious jeopardy.
Consider these tips for driving safely in adverse weather conditions:
- Slow down and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake lightly to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights so that other motorists can see you.
- Clean your lights and windshield and ensure that you replace any worn wiper blades.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
- Don't use cruise control – this could be very dangerous if your vehicle begins to hydroplane.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and less well-traveled roads.
- Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find worse conditions on the road in front of the plow.
- Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive cars can get out of control.
Many car accidents can be prevented by simply slowing down and being more aware of your surroundings. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver who was not driving safely for the current weather conditions, contact Klein Frank, P.C. immediately. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for the damages you have suffered, including your medical bills, pain and suffering, vehicle repair costs, and lost income. Backed by decades of experience, we know what it takes to obtain maximum compensation for our clients.
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