Car accidents increase during the winter months due to harsh driving conditions and an increased number of drivers on the roads for the holidays. Avoid becoming another winter auto accident statistic by learning these top tips for winter driving safety.
Our Top 10 Winter Driving Safety Tips
Stop car accidents before they happen by following these winter driving safety tips:
- Get an inspection before the first snow falls. Call your local mechanic today to schedule a vehicle inspection. Have your mechanic look at the battery, belts and tires, and replace anything that is worn down.
- Replace old windshield wipers. Old or worn-out windshield wipers can limit visibility. Replace yours so you can keep an eye on your surroundings as you drive.
- Keep your windshield wiper reservoir full. The last thing you want to have happen is for your reservoir to hit empty in the midst of your commute. Check your reservoir every morning before you head in to work and top it off as needed.
- Drive with your headlights on. It is much easier to see oncoming traffic when headlights are on. This is true for you and for the other cars on the road. See and be seen!
- Practice winter weather driving. After the first snow fall of the year, take your car to a local parking lot and test out steering and braking on snowy and slippery conditions.
- Always look and steer in the direction you want your car to travel. If you find yourself skidding or spinning, remember to lead your car in the direction you want to go.
- Reduce your speed on wet, snowy or icy roads. Speed limits take into account dry road conditions. Slow down a bit to stay safe.
- Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, it takes longer to stop on icy or wet roads.
- Put your cell phone away. Distracted driving will only worsen your ability to adjust to potential hazards on the road. Leave your cell phone in your pocket or purse so you are not tempted to look at it while you are behind the wheel.
- Get a designated driver to take you home. Find a friend or call an Uber to help you get you home after a holiday party or happy hour. Do not let your impaired thinking compound the already difficult road conditions created by wintry precipitations.
Stay Safe Out There!
Our hope is that you will take heed of the increased car accident statistics that occur during the winter months, and that you will put these tips to good use. But, should you find yourself in need of legal help after a car accident, our lawyers are here to help. Call our office at 763-241-0477 or email our personal injury lawyers to learn more.