Avoid a Car Accident This Winter With These Safe Driving Tips

Each change of seasons brings its own driving challenges… the winter season most of all.  As we head into another snowy, icy, wet, and cold time of year – remember these things to help you avoid a car accident on Connecticut roads.

Winter Safe Driving Tips:

1. Make sure your car is ready for the tough conditions ahead. Check the brakes, battery, belts, filters, lights, tires, windshield wipers, and fluid, and anti-freeze.

2. Make sure you have jumper cables on board.   Cold days and nights are tough on batteries.  Be safe and be prepared.

3. Clear that windshield, rear and side windows as well as your lights before you move one inch.  You can’t avoid danger if you can’t see it.  Prevent a car accident by keeping your field of vision clear.

4. Carry the tools you will need in a bad storm.  Ice scrapers, de-icing material, perhaps a collapsible shovel…

5. Make sure your emergency flashers are working and make sure you carry a flashlight in the glove compartment.

6. Take it slow.  One of the biggest keys to avoiding a car accident on Connecticut roads.  If there is snow on the road – think of cutting your normal speed in half – or more.  If it is wet – reducing your speed is also important.  On ice – don’t travel unless you have to travel.  No speed is safe.  While driving over bridges and through shady spots, be especially alert for ice. These areas freeze earlier and stay frozen longer than the rest of the road.  Break carefully.  Slow down long before you need to stop.

7.  If possible, when winter arrives – very carefully practice your winter driving skills in a deserted and wide-open parking lot.

8.  Always turn your headlights on so you can be seen.   Again – many car accidents can be avoided if you are clearly visible.

10.  Keep your distance.   It can often take two to three times the normal braking distance to stop on snowy roads.  Wet roads can also be slick.  Always leave room for safety.

12.  If you find yourself sliding or skidding, don’t panic.  Tap your breaks lightly and turn the wheel in the direction you want to travel.

13.  If you’re stranded during a snowstorm, stay in your car.   But be careful about running your car for long periods in deep snow.  Carbon monoxide (CO) can build up if the exhaust system has leaks, the tailpipe is clogged, or the vehicle is boxed in by snowdrifts. CO is odorless, invisible, and deadly.

14. Ok. Here’s the best tip of all….  Stay home.  Do your best to wait for the weather and roads to clear before you travel. You’re unlikely to get into a car accident if you’re nowhere near a car.

15. Most important – always drive sober … or don’t drive at all.

If you or your child are ever the victims of a car accident in Connecticut, it is important to gather all the information you can and then call a qualified Connecticut car accident lawyer.  A knowledgeable car accident lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled thousands of car accident cases over our more than 55 years serving the people of Connecticut.  Our car accident lawyers have received local and national recognition for our handling of accident cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and more.  For more on our honors and awards, click here.

If you would like a free consultation with a car accident lawyer, contact us today.  There is no obligation of any kind.

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