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Safe driving tips for inclement weather

Driving in inclement weather, especially in Connecticut, can be hazardous. Sleet and ice make roadways slippery, and snow, rain, and fog can reduce visibility, making driving difficult for even the most experienced drivers. There are a few safety tips every driver needs to know, as outlined below:

Avoid driving in inclement weather

First and foremost, if you can avoid driving, stay home. The best way to reduce your risk of an accident is to stay off dangerous roads, especially during extreme weather, according to AAA. Poor road conditions contribute at least partially to at least half a million car crashes each winter, and many of these crashes may have been avoided if drivers stayed home a little longer to ride the storm out.

Inspect Your Vehicle Before Driving

If you can’t stay home, it is important to check the basic parts of your car before you head out. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition because disaster could ensue if one of them snapped off mid-drive. Check your tire pressure frequently because it can fluctuate during cold weather, and get new tires if the tread has worn off. Investing in snow tires with bigger gaps between deeper treads gives your vehicle a better chance at navigating snow and ice.

Exercise Caution

Once you’re on the road, be sure to keep your speed below the posted speed limit. Driving in snow, sleet, or rain puts drivers on edge and reduces traction between your tires and the pavement. Also, leave more distance between your car and the one ahead of you in case you need to brake suddenly.

If you need to go up a hill, try to gain some inertia before powering to the top of it. Pressing on the gas too aggressively will only make your tires spin out and make it more difficult to get up and over a hill. Try to let the inertia of the car carry you to the top of the crest, and gently apply the brakes as you descend.

Contact a Connecticut Car Accident Attorney

Inclement weather can pose a serious problem on the roads here in Connecticut, even as winter transitions to spring. It is the responsibility of all drivers to exercise caution when on the road. If a driver fails to observe the weather conditions and their actions cause someone else harm, they should be held accountable for any injuries or damage to property that result.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, call our experienced injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at 203-397-1283 to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss how we can help you.

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