With over 70% of U.S. roads located in snowy regions, it’s safe to say that driving conditions and visibility can be an issue for the majority of drivers during the coldest months of the year. It’s almost impossible to predict, or even avoid in some cases, car accidents. However, drivers can take certain precautions to help ensure that their vehicle is ready to get on the road safely during the winter. Use the following best practices for preparing your vehicle for winter drives.
Switch to Winter Tires
It’s common to hear others claim that winter tires are unnecessary—yes, it’s possible to survive the winter with all-season tires; however, these tires likely won’t perform well during extended trips or when you encounter black ice. Winter tires are a safer bet, especially if you live in a frigid region.
Equip Your Car With a Winter Safety Kit
There’s nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the road, especially when it’s freezing outside and emergency services may be slow. In extreme cases, you might need some essential supplies to help keep you alive as you wait or to alert others on the road of your presence to help avoid a potential car accident.
Before every trip, ensure that the following items are in your car:
- A gaslighter or matchbox
- Road flares
- Protein bars, food, and water
- Extra winter coats and other warm clothes
- Jumper cables
- A first aid kit
Be Cautious on the Road
Not everyone is an expert at driving in snowy or freezing conditions, so you should watch out for swerving vehicles and slippery roads that may lead to an accident. If you happen to be involved in a wreck due to another driver’s negligence on icy roads, you should always take precautions to protect yourself and your passengers before attempting to communicate with the other driver. If the driver at fault attempts to leave the scene, don’t try to go after them—the police and a qualified auto accident attorney should be able to help you.
Preventative maintenance can keep your car safe during winter, however, it always helps to know what to do in case of an emergency. After dialing 911, checking on your passengers, and documenting evidence of the car accident, contact the lawyers at Leav & Steinberg LLP. Our qualified team of personal injury attorneys has helped clients with cases involving auto accidents throughout New York. Call us today to speak to a member of our team and request a consultation.