How can I protect myself while driving in the winter?
The Albuquerque, New Mexico area has been hit by a series of winter storms that have caused a number of accidents. City officials report that over 225 accidents have occurred since January 1st, with close to 70 of these accidents involving injuries. As workers struggle to clear the roads to ensure drivers can travel safely, city officials are encouraging drivers to stay off the roads when possible. Our Albuquerque car accident lawyers offer some tips below to help you and your family stay safe while coping with winter weather.
Winter Driving Tips
Drivers in the winter weather region will want to take some steps to protect themselves. Snow and ice present major hazards for drivers and winter weather accidents can lead to serious injuries. Follow the tips below:
1.Watch the weather before you go: Before setting out on your journey, you will want to check the forecast. Your local forecast should warn you as to whether ice and snow are pending. If you can avoid venturing out during a time when storms are predicted, by all means do so.
2. Prepare your vehicle: If you have not done so yet, now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the winter by ensuring it is in tiptop shape. You will want to have your tires inspected and properly inflated. Have all of your fluid levels topped off and be sure your gas tank is always at least half full during the winter.
3. Maximize your following distance: Your vehicle will not brake as quickly as usual in less than ideal road conditions. As such, you will want to give yourself extra space when traveling behind another vehicle in case the car ahead comes to a sudden slow down or stop.
4. Drive slowly: Ice and snow can cause your tires to lose traction. You will want to reduce your driving speed to maximize the traction of your tires and minimize the chance of a spin out. Other drivers will likewise reduce their speeds when the roads are treacherous.
If you are injured in a car accident this winter, contact a car accident attorney right away. Poor road conditions are no excuse for negligent driving. The driver who hit you could be held liable for your injuries even in poor weather conditions if he or she failed to follow the rules of the road.
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