Winter Driving Tips
Even experienced drivers can find themselves in situations they may not be prepared for. If you plan to drive on snow this winter, the first thing you need to control is your speed. It takes far longer to stop on snow and ice than it does to stop on roads with good traction. If you are following another car too closely, driving too fast, or distracted, accidents can happen.
The safest thing to do is to adjust your driving to the conditions. For example, one expert explained that drivers should slow down before they perform turns, rather than slowing down through the turn. Also note that when it comes to maneuvering on snowing roads, four-wheel drive won’t help your car handle any better than a two-wheel drive. A four wheel drive can only help you if one tire gets stuck in the snow. Tires can also make a difference. If you plan to drive in serious snow conditions, you may want to have winter tires put on your vehicle, or rent a car with winter tires. Chains may be necessary in some states and areas.
What happens if you do lose control of your vehicle in winter conditions? Don’t slam on the brakes. Release your foot from the gas, and steer the car where you’ll want to go. If you do find yourself stranded in your car in cold conditions, call for help and stay put until help arrives.
If you find yourself in an accident in winter conditions, call the police, make a police report, and seek medical care. Some injuries may not always be immediately apparent after a crash, and adrenaline in your body after an accident can sometimes mask pain or injuries. If you’ve been hurt or if your car has suffered extensive damage, you may be wondering how you’ll pay medical bills and for repairs.
You may also want to reach out to the personal injury lawyers at San Diego Injury Law Center. Our injury lawyers can review your accident to determine whether negligence might have played a role. Winter weather alone is rarely the sole cause of a crash. Human error plays a major role in most all accidents. San Diego Injury Law Center’s car accident lawyers may be able to assist you in speaking to insurance adjusters and fighting negligent parties for your injuries and losses. San Diego 619-338-8230 or North County 760-308-0041.