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Drivers can experience difficulties and accidents in bad weather no matter the time of year. The following top four tips for driving in bad weather can prevent accidents and make roads safer for everyone.
Clear Away All Obstructions
Whether you find leaves or snow and ice on your parked vehicle, it is important that you remove debris before you start to drive to try to make your line of sight as unobstructed as possible. You should also check the ground for fallen branches, sharp rocks and other objects that can puncture a tire or cause you to skid if you hit the brakes while running over them.
Maintain a Reduced Speed
Rain, winds, snow, ice and other bad weather conditions can force your vehicle into a collision with ease in various ways. For example, the elements can reduce your ability to see other vehicles and crossing pedestrians and animals. Sudden braking can cause your vehicle to skid. Reduce your speed by 10 percent or more as conditions dictate. Keep in mind that you can experience a collision from skidding when driving as slowly as 10 miles per hour.
Increase Awareness of Surroundings
During bad weather you need to make extra certain to continuously watch and listen to your surroundings. If you do not maintain heightened awareness, you might miss a child or animal about to run out in front of you or a vehicle skidding behind you at a stop light. Additionally, you might miss emergency sirens that indicate that you need to pull over because of an ambulance or fire truck.
Take Supplies With You
Although people often carry rainy weather gear in their cars, many drivers fail to keep other types of weather-related supplies like a shovel and rock salt or kitty litter to dig out a snow-trapped tire or rapid warm packs and cold weather thermal blankets. Worse yet, drivers often forget that they might need food, water and medical supplies to treat sudden low blood sugar or gastrointestinal problems or prevent hunger during a break down where they must wait hours for a tow truck.
For more tips or to discuss a personal injury from a bad weather accident, you should contact a personal injury law firm like Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC. An experienced lawyer can also go over potential bad weather accident scenarios and provide you with guidance about the correct legal steps to take should you ever find yourself in an accident.