- Get your tires and brakes checked. Whether you drive a brand-new SUV or an old clunker, having tires with good tread and brakes that work properly is a huge help in avoiding accidents.
- Limit distractions. It's good to limit distractions with driving in general, but especially when the weather is bad. Make sure that your windshield is free of ice before heading out on the roads. It may seem simple, but not everyone takes the time to do this.
- Reduce speed. If you do start to slide out in snowy weather, it's much easier to regain control if you are traveling at safe speeds, sometimes even under the posted speed limit.
- Increase following distance. If the normal, safe following distance is three to four seconds, eight to 10 seconds is more ideal for snowy weather.
- Stay home. If you are self-employed or your boss will let you do it, work from home! The best way to avoid a collision is not to drive at all.
We hope that you'll be safe throughout the rest of this snowy season. Even when you do take steps to be a safe driver in bad weather, you can't control how others drive. If you, or those you care about, are injured in an accident that isn't your fault, give us a call. You deserve to be compensated for costly medical bills and pain and suffering, not to mention your vehicle damage and the associated headache of the insurance claims process. Consultations are free. At Anderson | Hinkins, we know how to help you overcome your legal obstacles.
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