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Winter Roadway Hazards and How to Stay Safe

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By Michael LoGiudice
Founding Attorney

Here in New York, we are no strangers to harsh winter weather conditions. It seems that even before the last leaves have fallen from the trees that we are donning our snow boots and serious winter weather gear. While many of us have grown up dealing with winter roadway hazards, it is always a good idea to refresh your memory on the safety steps you can take to guard yourself and your loved ones against the serious winter roadway hazards out there.

Winter Roadway Hazards and How to Stay Safe

The most notable winter roadway hazards that can be serious threats to the safety and well-being of everyone out there on the roads, include icy roadways, limited visibility, and freezing temperatures. Icy roadways can easily lead cars and other motor vehicles to lose control or being unable to have the traction necessary to stop in time to avoid a car crash.

Snow on the road, ice on the road, and all sorts of other inclement weather related roadway hazards can create extremely dangerous roadway conditions. Vehicles on icy or otherwise slippery roadways are at an increased risk of swerving, skidding, and spinning off as a result of losing control of the vehicle. In an effort to avoid falling victim to slippery road surface conditions, avoid driving at high speeds. Maintain more reasonable, slower speeds in the winter. Leave more room between you and vehicles in front of you. While many ice patches, especially black ice, are difficult to see, taking these safety precautions should help you should it cross your path.

Additionally, prior to heading out on the road for any reason, check the weather forecast. In the event of inclement weather being likely, avoid going out if you can. Should you still need to go out, tell someone where you are going and what way you are going to get there. In the event that you are waylaid by weather or car problems, someone will know where to go looking for you.

You should also be sure to carry an emergency winter road kit in your car that may include things like foil blankets, provisions, and other necessities. Should you break down in the winter, it is best to stay with your vehicle until assistance arrives. Make sure your exhaust pipe is cleared of snow or other obstructions and run your engine every hour. You should also prep your car for winter conditions with things like snow tires. Also, check to see if you need new windshield wipers. In fact, having your car go through regular maintenance checks during the winter months can be a great idea. The winter roadways are hazardous enough under the best of conditions. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and is fully operational for the harsh months ahead.

Personal Injury Attorney

Stay safe out there this winter. Should you be injured in a motor vehicle crash, talk to Attorney Michael LoGiudice. You may be legally entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

About the Author
Michael LoGiudice handles all personal injury and medical malpractice claims. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (1997) and has many verdicts and settlements totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.
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