With the recent snowstorm leaving much of the southeastern states with snow and ice, it is important to follow these simple winter driving safety tips.
North Carolina was among several states to receive almost a foot of snow this past weekend. More specifically, Winston-Salem got an estimated 6-8 inches. With over 700 car accidents being reported across North Carolina so far, roads are dangerous, not only for motorist, but also pedestrians.
At Daggett Shuler, we want to ensure the highest level of safety among North Carolina drivers. Below are some winter weather driving safety tips recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- Give More Distance To The Car in Front of You. With roads being more slick than usual, it is important to give the car in front of you more room. If you or the car in front of you needs to stop suddenly the traction in the snow and ice, will require more stopping time.
- Drive Slower in Snow and Ice. Drive slower than usual and pay attention to the road conditions. Vehicles could slide all around you, so be aware in front, in back and on both sides of you when driving in bad weather.
- Winter Car Maintenance. Have your battery checked, your tire treads, windshield wipers and antifreeze levels before getting behind the wheel. Have a winter weather inspection done on your vehicle, to make sure that everything is good to go, when driving in bad weather.
- Be prepared. In the event of a road emergency, make sure you have the necessary safety equipment, such as a flashlight, jumper cables, shovel, snowbrush, ice scraper and warning devices such as flares. Also have a few bottles of water in the car just in case you get stuck for a period of time.
- Always buckle up. Put on your seat-belt as soon as you get in your car, and make sure your child is properly secured in the appropriate car seat.
- Fill Up Your Gas Tank. Make sure you have a full tank of gas when you go out in the bad weather. If you get stuck, you should have enough fuel to keep the car going, and the heat on until rescued.
We hope these vehicle driving safety tips have been helpful, and give you some good ideas to plan ahead in bad weather.
At Daggett Shuler Law, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina Car Accident lawyers, we care deeply about the safety of you and your family. With North Carolina roads being covered in snow and ice, it is more important than ever to drive slowly and cautiously.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call Daggett Shuler Law at 336-724-1234. When you call, you will speak with an experienced, caring Winston-Salem and Greensboro Car Accident attorney absolutely FREE.
We will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you and fight hard to secure the maximum recovery you deserve. At Daggett Shuler, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
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