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How to Prepare for Winter Driving Hazards

winter driving hazards

There are always potential dangers on the road, but the winter can introduce new perils of its own. There are plenty of winter driving hazards to be on the lookout for, so taking proper precautions can make a big difference. If you still get into an accident even after you have done your best to stay safe on the road, a Middlesex County, NJ car accident attorney can help you pursue compensation.

How Can I Prepare My Car For Winter Driving Hazards?

The best way to avoid winter driving hazards is to prepare for them before you even get on the road. We recommend:

Checking your tires: You want to be sure that your tires are properly inflated and that the tread on all four tires is deep enough. This will help your vehicle maintain traction, even in tough weather conditions.

Visiting a mechanic: Your tires aren’t the car parts to keep an eye on this season. Visit a mechanic and make sure that your lights, battery, and HVAC system are all working properly. This can help you stay safer on the road this season.

Prepare for the worst: You might get stuck in a storm and just trying to drive through it can be dangerous. Keep some food, water, and warm clothing in your car along with supplies like blankets and flashlights just in case you need to pull over and get off of the road.

What Can I Do to Avoid Common Winter Driving Hazards?

Once you are on the road, you can take some steps to make accidents less likely. You should:

  • Drive slower than usual in bad weather
  • Increase your following distance
  • Avoid rushing to your destination
  • Be careful when driving near large vehicles like snow plows
  • Keep an eye out for animals, like deer

What Should I Do If I Get in an Accident This Winter?

If you still get into a crash despite your best efforts, you and any other involved drivers need to get your vehicles pulled over to a safe spot. This can be more difficult if the road is full of snow, but you need to be out of the way of traffic before doing anything else.

Exchange info with the other drivers, call the police, and take pictures of the accident scene, just as you would at any other time of year. Then get medical care as soon as possible.

Can I Pursue Compensation After a Car Accident?

You can certainly pursue compensation if you believe that the accident was not your fault. A lawyer from our firm can help you gather evidence and talk to insurance companies and their lawyers for you. Then we can help you hold any liable parties accountable for the harm that they have caused.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

If you were harmed in a car accident and you believe that someone else was to blame, contact Stathis & Leonardis. We can take a closer look at your case and tell you more about your legal options.

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