With February and March being the most snow-ridden months of the year, it is important to be prepared when driving in dangerous weather. Roads become slick. Some drivers get scared, other drivers lose control, cars may skid unexpectedly, and unsalted roads become hazardous.
While we don’t like to think about it, accidents happen. Drivers should be more vigilant during bad weather and be prepared for the unexpected.
We want to ensure that all motorists are prepared for any situation that may arise. Winter weather calls for more than just snow tires and extra antifreeze.
At Fellows Hymowitz Rice, we want to help New York and New Jersey drivers be as safe as possible in snowy conditions by sharing a few helpful tips.
These tips are recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA):
1. Maintain your car. Regularly check your battery levels, tire tread, and windshield wipers. Make sure you can clearly see out of your windows, and that you have anti-freeze fluid in your washer reservoir and that your wiper blades are in good condition.
2. Be prepared. In the event of a breakdown, you need to be well-equipped. Flashlights, jumper cables, ice scrapers, bottled water and blankets are some of the key essentials to keep stowed away in your vehicle. If traveling on a long trip, be sure to have extra batteries, food, water and medication.
3. Plan your route. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive to your destination. Check the weather before getting in your car and travel on roads you are familiar with. Let others know your route and estimated time arrival.
4. Practice safe driving. Be aware that roads are more slick than usual. Drive slowly around corners, and be sure to brake ahead of time. Drive a further distance from the vehicle in front of you, during bad weather since stopping distances become more difficult and uncertain on ice-coated roads. Give ample space between the cars around you.
These basic safety tips could make all the difference during the next snow or ice storm.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call Fellows Hymowitz Rice at 845-639-9300. When you call, you will speak with an experienced, compassionate New York and New Jersey Car Accident lawyer absolutely FREE.
We will investigate every detail of your accident and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected. At Fellows Hymowitz Rice, you will never pay an attorney’s free up front and we don’t get paid until you do.
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