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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.


Top-5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Winter Driving

CT Pothole Accident and Injury LawyersWinter driving means you need to be extra alert. Not only are conditions treacherous, but you can’t be sure about what other drivers are going to do, or what their level of preparation or driving skill may be. In order to make sure your vehicle is operating at peak condition and minimize your chance of getting into an auto accident, here are our top maintenance tips for winter driving.

  1. Make sure that you’re up to date on scheduled maintenance, especially on items like fluid levels and the condition of your tires and brakes. If your car has been giving you any signals that things aren’t up to snuff, be sure to mention it to your mechanic so that they can check out every knock and ping. Make sure all filters have been changed and that the cooling system has been flushed and refilled that your heater and defroster work and that all the bulbs in your brake lights, headlights and turn signals are working.
  2. Put together a winter emergency kit for your car that includes warm clothing, gloves and boots, a shovel and windshield cleaner, and ice melt, sand or Kitty Litter. You should always have a set of jumper cables handy, check the condition of your spare tire, and make sure you have a charger for your phone.
  3. Buy a bottle of fuel-line antifreeze. This product can help ice from forming in the fuel line in frigid temperatures. Another good way to prevent freezing is to keep your tank at least half full.
  4. Check to see when the last time is you bought a new battery, and if it isn’t recent, then have your battery checked. Cold weather can turn a weak battery into a dead one.
  5. Freezing temperatures can affect different car parts in many different ways. You can help fend off unexpected problems by applying graphite or WD-40 to locks, silicone to door gaskets, and installing fresh windshield wipers. It’s also a good idea to buy a fresh jug of windshield washer fluid, as wintry weather can mean emptying your tank on just about every trip.

Unfortunately, preparation can help keep you safe, but can’t guarantee it. If you’ve been in an auto accident and you’ve been injured, you need an experienced advocate to fight for your rights. Contact the professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to set up an appointment to come in and speak to us.

 

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