Each year in the United States, there are about three million car crash injuries and about 40,000 deaths from car accidents. Though there are a number of different causes of accidents, two of the most common are weather and human error. As a result, traffic matters account for the majority of personal injury lawsuits. Here are three super simple ways to make sure that you’re preparing to drive safely this winter (and personal injury litigation against you).
Pay Attention to the Weather Forecast
One of the best winter weather driving measures you can take is to just pay attention to the weather forecast. If there are weather warnings for a storm or black ice, you might be better off just staying at home rather than trying to brace the weather. Use caution if you have to go out, but knowing what to expect when you’re on the roads will help you be more safe.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Another important tip for driving in winter weather is to give yourself plenty of time to get wherever you’re going. This way, you’ll avoid any unnecessary speeding and hard braking, both of which can cause you to lose control of the car and cause an accident.
Clean Off Your Entire Car
This is obvious, but it really needs to be said. It can be tempting to clear off just the windshield of your car because you’re late to work or you’re too cold to stand outside sweeping snow and brushing ice off of your car, but it really needs to be done. Visibility is already decreased in the wintertime because of precipitation and shortened daylight hours, you don’t need to add to that because you can’t see out of your windows.
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