January 10th, 2014|
This winter has been packed with frigid, snowy conditions across the state of Ohio, which has resulted in unfavorable driving conditions on several occasions. A fine example of the havoc winter weather can cause on the roadway was the 28-car pile-up that occurred on I-90 on Christmas Eve. This and several other recent crashes have prompted the Ohio Car Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy to offer these four tips to stay safe while driving through winter weather:
- Stay off the Road– If at all possible; avoid driving all together when snow, sleet, or ice is falling.
- Be Prepared– If you must drive in winter weather, educate yourself on the road conditions along the route you are planning to take. It is also important to inform a loved one of your route and estimated travel time so help can be called for if you don’t arrive.
- Get Your Vehicle Ready– Remember to check your vehicle’s equipment to ensure it is capable of handling the conditions. Tires should have plenty of tread, brakes should be functioning properly, and windshield wipers should also clear obstructions.
- Drive Defensively– Take it slow and never apply your brakes if your vehicle loses traction. Instead, let off the gas, downshift into a lower gear, turn into the spin, and apply gentle pressure to the accelerator.
The law firm’s Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful these tips help keep motorists safe throughout the remainder of winter!