Winter weather presents a challenge for Connecticut drivers. Icy roads, poor visibility, and shortened daylight hours are a recipe for disaster. The number of arterial and side street accidents rises dramatically during the winter season, and the number of injury accident claims rises as well. The best way to keep safe while on the road during winter is to prepare the vehicle accordingly. It also helps to work with an experienced car accident lawyer should the unthinkable occur.
Get The Vehicle Winterized
Making sure the car is ready to handle severe winter conditions cannot be overemphasized. Replace the coolant, top off the wiper and de-icing fluids, and mount the snow tires before the first storm hits.
Snow tires can be a lifesaver, but they become limited in their ability to provide adequate traction if the tread is beginning to show signs of wear and tear. Remember to mount snow tires only after the date allowed by law, and remove them if the forecast calls for an extended period of warmer weather.
The Vehicle’s First Aid Kit And Emergency Supplies
The usual bandages, razors and medicated creams should be included in the first aid kit. The vehicle should also be equipped with several flares, one or two lightweight jackets with reflective patches, and some extra gloves or mittens. Remember to program the car’s information center with the appropriate weather update apps (if possible), and make sure all of the turn-by-turn navigation links can be accessed with ease.
Driving In Wintry Conditions
Regardless of how familiar the driver is with the route, heavy snowfall, black ice caused by high humidity and rapidly falling temperatures, or poor visibility during rush hour can make the familiar become treacherous in the blink-of-an-eye. Pay special attention to other motorists and the speed at which they are traveling. When crossing congested intersections during a snowstorm, watch out for pedestrians and think ahead concerning brake usage. Abrupt brake usage can result in an uncontrolled skid, even if the car is traveling at less than 20 miles-per-hour.
Practice safety measures with family members. Conduct a winter hazard drill. Emphasize what to do if an accident should occur. Who should be contacted first? What information is needed from witnesses? Where are the emergency flares and the car’s snow shovel?
Most importantly, trust an experienced car accident lawyer if an at-fault road incident occurs. Motor vehicle operators need legal counsel to properly represent the case should it go to court.