The winter is here, and with it comes the risk of snow, rain, sleet and ice. With these weather conditions, its possible for drivers to get into crashes. The good news is that there are things every driver can do to make sure he or she won’t get into a crash.
The first thing to remember is that the vehicle needs to be in the best shape possible. The windshield wipers should be new or in good condition, and the windshield wiper fluid should be made for cold conditions, so it doesn’t freeze.
Drivers should do their best to maintain at least a half-full tank of gas in the winter, so they don’t end up stranded due to running out of gas. There’s always a potential for delays on a drive when snow, ice and traffic are involved. It’s also a good idea to plan ahead, so you know if there are delays on your route. If so, you may be able to plan a way around the accident or delays.
All drivers should carry emergency equipment on hand including blankets, a small amount of food and water, flares and brooms or scrapers. Each of these items helps prevent accidents or prevent further injuries in the case of an accident.
Remember, every step you take toward driving safer in the winter helps prevent crashes and keeps you safe on the road. If someone hits you because he or she was not prepared for changing or dangerous weather conditions in your area, you could have a case against that party for compensation.
Source: Iowa State University, “Winter Driving Tips,” accessed Jan. 18, 2018