7 Tips for Driving on Snow and Ice

Cold temperatures and snowy roads lead to awful driving conditions and that leads to car wrecks.  I am sure in the past few days, if you have been traveling, you have witnessed a number of cars and trucks that are either stuck in a ditch or slammed into a guard rail.  Safe driving is especially important under these conditions.  To keep you and your family safe we offer a few safety tips on driving in the snow and ice. 

Tip #1:  Avoid driving if possible.  You cannot control the weather and you cannot control other drivers.  If it is possible not to drive, take that route, if you must, make sure your vehicle is prepared for the snow and ice. 

Tip #2:  If you are driving, clear the snow off your car.  Everyone gets mad behind a driver who has not brushed their car off.  That cloud of snow decreases visibility for you and the drivers around you.

Tip #3:  Stock your vehicle with blankets, food, water and your cell phone.  If there is a chance you might get stranded because of the snow in the road or because you have car trouble, it is best to be prepared.

Tip #4:  Drive strategically.  Pay attention to upcoming hills, dips and sharp corners.  If you hit a patch of ice or frozen snow on any of these areas, it can become very dangerous quick.  Take your time, watch other drivers to see how they approach these danger zones and adjust your driving accordingly.

Tip #5:  If your vehicle starts to slide, do not panic.  It is important to not slam on your brakes as that could cause further sliding.  Review your car manual for techniques offered by the manufacturer for your particular model if available.

Tip #6:  If you get stuck, stay with your vehicle.  It may be more dangerous to get out and walk for assistance.  Place a cloth or plastic bag in your window to signal your need for assistance. 

Tip #7:  If you do have an accident, it is important to first ensure that everyone is safe and any necessary medical attention is sought.  Once you are in a position to do so, document the event, the drivers involved, any potential witnesses and the incident as it occurred.  The Miley Legal Group offers a simple accident checklist to ensure you collect the information you may need.  Fill out the form on our website and mention the checklist in the notes and we will get one out to you. 

                These are only a few tips and suggestions to driving in wintery conditions.  Above all, it is important to take care while driving in any condition.  The Miley Legal Group cares about the safety of you and your family.  If you have the need for our services, please feel free to contact us through the form on our website or by giving us a call.  

 

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