Driving during the winter is often a challenging and sometimes frightening experience. You might be wondering what you can do to stay safe. Here are some basic tips from our attorneys at Glen Lerner to help you avoid wintertime injuries.
· Have your Vehicle Inspected
Before going anywhere this winter, you should have your vehicle inspected. Have a mechanic check the brakes, the oil, the tires, and all other components of your vehicle to make sure it is in optimal working condition. Do not drive your vehicle if you know something is wrong with it!
· Do Not Drive While Fatigued
Fatigued driving is a factor in about 20% of fatal car crashes. Because of this, you should avoid driving while fatigued. Always make sure you get a good night’s rest so you’re not groggy in the morning. If you do get drowsy while driving, pull over immediately. Even a quick nap on the side of the road will help rejuvenate you. Driving while tired is not worth a serious injury.
· Obey Traffic Laws
It’s especially important to obey traffic laws during the winter. Pay extra attention to the speed limit, construction sites, and other drivers around you. Drive slowly, as it becomes much more difficult to stop when roads are icy or even just cold. Observe hazard signs, construction signaling, and other markers that signify that the road will be especially dangerous to drive on.
· Know your Route
You should always know where you’ll be going ahead of time. Check the weather before you drive anywhere during the winter. You should wear appropriate clothing, and you should check to see if any roads you plan on taking will be closed. Expect delays, and do not get upset if you hit traffic. Even if there isn’t snow, the road can still be dangerous. If you’re the victim of any wintertime injuries, contact Glen Lerner today.
· Prepare for Emergencies
You should keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. At the bare minimum, you should have a first aid kit, bottled water, an emergency blanket, jumper cables, and a tool kit. If your vehicle stalls, put reflective cones around your vehicle. If you’re leaving your engine/heater on while you wait for help, you should clear your tailpipe of any snow or other debris to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Are You A Victim of Wintertime Injuries?
Contact Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys today! Our office is open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-GET-GLEN, or you can contact us at our website and utilize our LiveChat feature. Consultations are free. We do not collect fees unless we win your case, so don’t hesitate! Call Glen Lerner today!