The winter season always puts drivers at a higher risk of being involved in an accident or collision. Here in New Jersey, the winter weather can reach extreme conditions. At Grossman Law Firm, we want our clients to know that our Monmouth County personal injury attorneys can provide you with trusted legal guidance if you’ve been involved in a car accident. In this blog post, we review some safe driving practices that drivers should follow this winter and throughout the year.
Winter Driving Guidelines
We advise all drivers to be aware of their surroundings when driving in winter weather. Check all weather conditions before getting in your car to prepare yourself for slippery roads, ice, or snow. Be sure to always wear your seatbelt, regardless of weather conditions. You should also be completely cognizant of your surroundings at all times. A few helpful tips to make your winter driving experience safer:
- Do not slam on your brakes or have a heavy foot on the gas pedal; ease into each stop and start
- Drive slower than usual, especially if your visual field is impaired by snow, fog, or heavy rainfall
- Keep more distance than usual between you and fellow drivers
- Steer clear of distractions within your vehicle, including cell phones, loud music, food, and drinks, to ensure that you are alert and aware of your surroundings
- Be aware of other drivers; continually check your mirrors to monitor other vehicles
- Give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go, so you don’t feel pressured to rush or speed
Preparing your Vehicle for Winter
Our Monmouth County car accident attorneys advise that you have your car serviced before the winter months begin. Drivers should be sure that their vehicle is safe for the road, especially when weather conditions are poor. The following are a few things to look out for before driving in bad conditions:
- Tires need to be checked to make sure they are not balding and in need of replacement. If they need repair or replacement, do so immediately
- Windshield wipers need to be in proper condition so that you can maintain a clear field of vision in case of rain or snow
- Always carry an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. The kit should have one or all of the following: flares, water, jumper cables, first aid kit, food, blanket, etc.
- Make sure your vehicle has undergone the proper service maintenance for its mileage. Proper alignment, fluid levels, and care will improve the overall performance of the vehicle.
Following these simple guidelines can help prepare drivers for poor driving conditions in winter weather. It is our hope that these tips will prevent future accidents from occurring. Remember that your safety is far too important to be put at risk by speeding in winter weather.
If you or a loved one has been involved in any accident, contact our offices today. One of our attorneys will be happy to review your case and answer any questions you have about your case.