Winter is here to stay for at least a few more months, which means that drivers will still have to continue battling icy and snowy roadways as they commute to work and get about in their daily lives. While, in the recent past, we have focused some of our blogs on preparing winter driving safety kits and how to handle vehicles when they skid on icy roads, it’s a good time to take a more Gestalt view of the winter driving experience and go over some general winter driving safety tips.
Taking the time to review and practice these tips can be critical to helping drivers minimize their chances of getting into car accidents this winter (and in winter seasons to come!).
- Tip 1 – Take it slow: Winter inevitably brings about icy and snowy roads in Boulder each year, and such conditions significantly impact your vehicle’s ability to slow down and brake effectively. This means that you should avoid speeding and possibly even drive about 5 or so miles per hours slower than the posted speed limit in order to make sure that you are able to effective slow and stop your vehicle at any given time.
- Tip 2 – Know your vehicle: Understanding how your car or truck may handle and operate differently in harsher weather conditions is crucial during the wintertime. For example, colder conditions may make it more difficult to steer your car or to may cause your vehicle to stall more frequently.If you are unsure about how your car will fare during the winter, take it for a few test drives in an uncrowded parking lot (or any area that is free from other drivers) so you can get a better sense of how your car may handle differently in the cold, ice and snow.
- Tip 3 – Keep your car well maintained: Having your vehicle in its best condition is essential when it comes to reducing your chances of getting into a car accident and/or breaking down and being stranded on the side of the road during the dead of winter. To this end, take your car to get serviced before winter starts (or as soon as you can) to ensure that your vehicle’s engine and ignition systems are functioning well, that your car’s tires are in good condition, etc.
Look for our upcoming Part 2 of this blog for more general winter driving safety tips that can protect you and your family this winter season.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, contact the Boulder County car accident lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and other types of traffic accidents.
Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting. In fact, while we are aggressive litigators in court, we are also skilled negotiators outside of court. This makes our trusted lawyers a formidable force that will not back down until you secure the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, expenses and losses.