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Driving Safety Tips for the Winter

As you know, winter is here, and with it, comes all of that horrible weather that can make driving conditions dangerous. Sure, in Atlanta, winters don’t get so treacherous, but in order to be a responsibile driver you still need to take all proper safety precautions. You really never know when conditions can get rough. After all, you don’t want to be left dealing with a lawsuit, an injury to yourself, or someone else.

Some Chilling Reminders

  • The leading cause of death during winter storms is from transportation accidents
  • 70 percent of deaths in the winter months are due to motor vehicle accidents

The “3 P’s” of Safe Winter Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) have what they call the “3’P’s”…

Prepare – Take steps to make sure you can handle driving in winter weather conditions: Learn methods of driving in icy/snowy weather, plan your route the best you can, and find out what to do when you’ve been in an accident.

Protect – Wear your seat belt, and make sure others in the car are wearing theirs. This should be a given.

Prevent – Make sure everything in your car is functioning properly. If the weather is really bad, don’t drive. If you must drive, choose larger roads that are more likely to be plowed.

Practice Driving in Bad Weather

Go to a large, empty lot and practice maneuvers. Use this practice as a dress rehearsal for being out on the out on the roads where you will be surrounded by other vehicles

When you’re driving on snow, pump your brake pedal while stopping, and allow ample time and distance for the car to come to a complete stop. If the car starts to veer in another direction than the one you are steering, it’s important not to jerk the wheel in the other direction. This will likely cause your vehicle to spin out, and damage other vehicles around you.

Plan Your Route

Before embarking on your winter journey, make sure to plan your route by using GPS, or other online maps through AAA. When you plan out the trip in advance with these methods, you will know how long the drive will take you, and you will not end up driving recklessly for fear of not being somewhere on time.

Look Under the Hood

Check your car over from top to bottom to ensure that everything is working properly. Battery, headlights, tire treads and pressure, are some major things you want to keep in mind before trekking out.

What to Keep in Your Trunk

  • flashlight
  • shovel
  • snow brush
  • ice scraper
  • jumper cables
  • deflecting triangles
  • blanket

Keeping these things in mind before getting behind the wheel, will help prevent an accident, and thus, will help prevent you from becoming involved in a lawsuit. After all, nobody wants that.

If you’ve been involved in a bad weather auto accident, and would like to discuss to possibility of  filing a claim, don’t hesitate to contact Bruce A. Hagen, your premier Atlanta car accident attorney.

 

 

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