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Winter driving tips may help you stay safer on the road

Winter has officially arrived, and like many Indiana residents, you may have felt it coming for some time. Whether you hate or love the cold, winter weather hits hard and can cause many complications. From snowy driveways to icy roads, getting behind the wheel of your vehicle during this time of year can pose a bit more of a risk than in warmer months.

You certainly want to do your best to stay safe while on the road as getting involved in a car accident could result in serious injuries. Unfortunately, the risk of a crash is always present when traveling by car, and in many cases, these incidents occur without much warning, if any. In hopes of lessening the likelihood of finding yourself in an accident due to winter weather conditions, you may wish to consider the following safety tips.

Before hitting the road

You could take multiple actions to better ensure your safety before you even get out on the road. For instance, make sure you are well rested. If you get behind the wheel while fatigued, you automatically increase your risk of an accident, and when coupled with treacherous weather conditions, you could put yourself and others in danger. Other pre-travel measures you could take include:

  • Properly inflating your tires
  • Checking the weather
  • Giving yourself enough time to account for traffic delays
  • Considering your route and making alterations as necessary
  • Testing your brakes

By taking these steps, you could give yourself the opportunity to avoid unnecessary risks.

While on the road

The real safety test comes while you are on the road. The manner in which you drive could considerably affect how well your vehicle maneuvers in snowy or icy conditions. You may help yourself stay safer on the road by remembering the following suggestions:

  • Avoiding cruise control
  • Driving more slowly to accommodate for conditions
  • Accelerating and slowing down slowly to reduce sliding
  • Resisting the urge to apply more gas when going up hills
  • Looking and steering in the direction you want to travel

You could also consider numerous other actions that may help you and your loved ones have safer travels.

After an accident

Unfortunately, even when you are on your best winter-driving behavior, other individuals may not act as cautiously. If a negligent driver causes an accident in which you suffer serious injuries, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim against that person. Information on taking such action may help you determine whether it could suit your circumstances.

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