6 Key Tips to Avoiding Winter Auto Accidents

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inLegal Advice, Necessary Forms

The sharks have been enduring this winter like anyone else in the midwest: lots of warm clothing and an endless amount of hot chocolate.

But remember, a long and snowy winter means lots of snowy, icy roads.  Remember to:

1) Slow down, slow down, slow down.

2)Leave lots of extra room between you and the car in front of you.  Increased sopping distance is one of the main reasons for accidents in icy and snowy conditions.

3) Have your tires and brakes checked: your tires are MUCH more effective in snow if they are unworn.  Have them looked at and make sure your anti-lock brakes are in good shape.

4) Brake gently: remember, if you slam on the brakes while on ice, you will likely just slide until you hit something.  If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, you’re better off tapping the brakes until you come to a complete stop.

5) Watch out for bridges: bridges freeze up before the rest of the highway does, so be careful whenever traveling over any bridge.

6) Don’t use cruise control: if you know you are going on icy and snowy roads, avoid using cruise control, which encourages you to become complacent. Instead, monitor your speed closely and be vigilant for obstacles and turns.

As a driver you should know, icy conditions are no excuse for hitting another vehicle.  YOU have a duty to maintain the proper speed for conditions, as does every other driver on the road, so BE CAREFUL!

Here’s a story out of central Illinois, where unprecedented cold has led to a seemingly endless amount of auto collisions and injuries. 

Just remember to slow down.  Spring will be here… someday.

View our previous blog post, Are “Driverless” Cars the Future?

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