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How can you reduce the chance of a winter crash?

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2021 | Car Accidents

While driving may seem more enticing than walking or waiting for the bus when it is cold, it is more dangerous.

Winter brings added dangers to New Haven County roads. Understanding what steps you can take to protect yourself reduces the chance you spend time in the emergency ward. Here are some things you can do:

Allow more time

You cannot expect to hop into your car and get where you are going as quickly as you can in summer. There are several reasons for this. First, if snow has fallen, you need to clear your car before setting off. You might even need to clear your driveway.

Second, you need to slow down to account for slippery surfaces. Packed snow or black ice could catch you unaware and send you skidding across the road. If you find yourself heading toward a lamppost or another vehicle, you cannot slam on the brakes like in summer, as that will cause you to lose control entirely. When the weather suggests you may slide, driving slower allows you to come to a safe stop sooner.

Third, poor weather or road conditions slow traffic down and generate long tailbacks.

Prepare your vehicle

You do not want to break down in the middle of a snowstorm. Not only will you be at risk from the cold, but you could also get hit by another vehicle that cannot see you through the snowflakes.

Tired batteries are more likely to fail in the cold. A blown taillight bulb makes it harder for others to see you, and worn tires are less able to bite when you need them to. Taking your car to the mechanic for a check-up may seem like an expense you could do without right now, but it will cost you even more if you need to take it because you have crashed.

As a driver, you can only do so much to keep yourself and your passengers safe. Not every driver will be as prepared and cautious as you. If one of them injures you in a crash, the best you can do is fight for full compensation.

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