Stay safe while driving this winter

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

During the winter months, it’s not uncommon for Ohio roads to be covered in ice or snow. It’s also not uncommon for high winds to result in blowing or drifting snow that covers roads or leads to periods of reduced visibility. If you are not prepared for inclement weather, you may be at an increased risk of an accident or of being stranded while on your way to work, school or other destinations.

Give yourself extra time to reach your destination

Tires will have a hard time making contact with surfaces that are covered with ice or snow. Therefore, you will need to drive at a reduced speed to minimize your risk of sliding off the road or being involved in a motor vehicle accident. You will also need to increase your following distance as a lack of traction will make it harder to slow down in a timely manner. Leaving home a few minutes early ensures that you can drive safely while still arriving where you need to be on time.

Inspect your vehicle for defects

Prior to traveling during cold or snowy weather, be sure that your car’s heating system works properly. You will also want to make sure that your car’s battery, headlights and interior lights are powerful enough to help you see where you’re going. Finally, be sure to inspect tires, windshield wipers and other important components to ensure that they are not damaged in any way. Ideally, you will fill up your gas tank and windshield wiper fluid reservoir to ensure that you won’t get stranded or have to drive home with a streaky windshield.

If you are hurt in a wreck, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver who caused it. Cellphone records, a police report or witness statements may all be used to help establish that the other driver was negligent in allowing the wreck to happen. In addition to paying medical bills, a financial award may also help pay for vehicle repairs or allow you to recoup lost wages or lost future earnings.