We’re nearing the end of 2021, which means that winter has only really just begun. Having just hit the official start to winter on December 21, we can be reasonably sure that wintry weather is here and will be for the foreseeable future. And while snow and ice can make for a pretty picture, it can cause chaos on the roads.
Safe Driving During the Winter
Car accidents in snow and ice are going to happen during the course of winter, but there are precautions you can take to help you navigate the roads safely through dangerous icy and snowy weather. Some helpful winter driving tips from AAA include:
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread. Driving in any kind of precipitation with balding or partially inflated tires is a recipe for disaster.
- Do not use cruise control when driving in snow or ice.
- Drive slowly–even if it’s a bit under the speed limit. Your tires have less traction in snow or ice, so stopping and starting will be more difficult.
- Accelerate and brake slowly. Any sudden movement will cause your tires to spin, which may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Keep plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. AAA recommends five or six seconds of following distance.
- Avoid coming to a complete stop if possible. If you’re approaching a STOP sign or traffic light, take your foot off the gas and try to keep your car rolling just enough so re-accelerating is smooth.
- Stay home if at all possible. We’re used to that now, anyway. Avoid driving in wintry weather if you’re able to.
The bottom line is, if there are ice and snow in the forecast, and you don’t have to be out on the roads, then don’t be out on the roads. After all, you can’t get into an accident if you’re in the safety of your home.
If You Do Get Into an Accident…
You should seek medical attention, even if you have seemingly small injuries. If an ambulance can make it to the scene, let the EMTs check you out. If not, get to your doctor as soon as you’re able to–the longer you wait, the more difficult the insurance company might be when it comes to obtaining a fair and reasonable settlement for your injuries. Next, call the Washington, DC car crash lawyers at The Lapidus Law Firm.
DC Car Crash Lawyers for Icy Roads
If you’ve been involved in a car crash and were injured, you should absolutely consider getting legal representation. Our experienced auto accident attorneys will guide you through the process step by step at The Lapidus Law Firm.
During your free, no-obligation consultation, we’ll get the facts from you, and if we take the case, we’ll do our best to get you a fair, reasonable settlement. Call us today at (202) 785-5111 to make an appointment–and stay safe on the roads this winter! Don’t forget we’re committed to making justice work for you.