Spring may be just around the corner, but the winter conditions in New York are still in full effect. High winds, snow, sleet, ice, slush all make for dangerous journeys out there on the road. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) reports that there are greater than 1,300 fatalities and greater than 116,800 injuries as a result of wintery conditions in the U.S. each year. Take every possible precaution to help keep yourself and your family safe on those winter roads.
If you have been injured in a car accident, talk to Attorney Michael LoGiudice about possible avenues for recovering compensation for your losses.
What Are Some Safety Tips to Stay Safe While Driving in Winter Weather?
You can never be too careful while driving, , especially in the middle of inclement winter weather conditions. Here are some tips to stay as safe as possible on the winter roads of New York:
- Avoid traveling in snowy conditions except when necessary
- Allow for more room between you and other vehicles on the road
- Avoid traveling next to other vehicles
- Slow your speed, especially when turning
- Avoid braking when taking curves and slow down prior to entering the curve instead
- Avoid sudden braking and instead gently apply your brakes
- Know what type of brakes you have and use them accordingly ( apply steady pressure for anti-lock brakes and pump the brakes if you have standard brakes)
Additionally, plan out your route prior to your trip. Check the weather forecast to see what kind of conditions to expect and prepare for. Be sure to alert someone else of your travel plans so they know where you are going, how you are getting there, and when you should be arriving. If your car stalls or gets stuck somewhere along the way, exercise caution in trying to get it out. You do not want to hurt or overexert yourself. Try to turn your wheels from side to side to clear the snow and use something under your wheels such as sand, gravel or floor mats for grip. If you cannot get your car moving again, turn on the dome light inside and put any bright markers out to make sure your vehicle is visible.
Also, as in any type of weather conditions, avoid driving while intoxicated, fatigued, or otherwise distracted or under the influence. The road is hazardous enough when you are in full control of yourself and fully aware of your surroundings. Impaired driving is dangerous driving, always.
Representing the Injured in Every Season.
While we wait for Spring’s arrival, let’s make every effort to stay safe the rest of this winter season. Take care out there in the wind, ice, and snow. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Attorney Michael LoGiudice for sound legal counsel and to fight for your right to full and fair compensation for your losses.