As winter officially begins and drivers head out and about to visit family and celebrate the holidays, it becomes important for everyone to understand how to stay safe on the roads. Even more critical is the knowledge of what to do, should an automobile accident happen to you or someone you love. Winter weather safety should be the responsibility of every driver and passenger on the road.
An Ounce of Prevention Can Go a Long Way
Ensuring your vehicle is “winter ready” can help dramatically when it comes to keeping you, your family, and others safe on Illinois roadways. New wipers keep your windshield clear, improving your overall visibility. Snow tires that have been checked for proper air pressure help to ensure you have good traction while driving through snow and slush. Good brakes can give you improved stopping power, even in the worst of conditions. So, if you have not yet had your vehicle winterized, either take steps to do it yourself or contact your local mechanic for assistance. Also note that a winter weather emergency pack should be a part of your winterization steps. A flashlight, warm blankets and clothes, ice scrapers, kitty litter, a phone charger, water, and non-perishable foods are just a few thing you might want to include.
Driving Safely in Winter Weather
Obviously, if you can avoid getting out when the roads are bad, you should definitely do so. However, not everyone can simply stay home every time the snow falls. So, if you must travel out, then it can help to know a few important safety tips. Always drive slower and give yourself more following distance between you and the car in front of you. Stay off roads that have been closed. You should also give yourself more braking distance to prevent skidding (but avoid sharp braking as much as you possibly can).
Should an Accident Happen to You
Even with the best tips, tricks, and prevention methods, accidents may still happen. If one happens to you or someone you love, then it is important that you know where to turn. Do not simply rely on your insurance company to pay you or your loved ones fairly. Instead, contact an experienced lawyer.
At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C., we fight for full and fair compensation for the losses that you and your loved ones experience. We defend your rights and protect your best interests. Learn more about how our Aurora personal injury attorneys can help with your claim. Call 630-907-0909 and schedule your free consultation with our firm today.