The harsh conditions of winter present unique driving challenges for motorists. Rain, snow and ice can make it more difficult for cars to safely navigate driving hazards that can arise on Illinois roads.
While practices like wearing a seat belt and avoiding distracted driving should be followed at all times, drivers should take extra precautions to minimize the risk of a crash during colder months. Here are some basic steps to follow this winter when you get behind the wheel of your car:
- Make sure your vehicle is in good working order by conducting proper maintenance and replacements as necessary. Check the tires, brakes, engine system and electrical system. Top off oil and other fluids.
- Keep a winter safety kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Include survival supplies like a first-aid kit, water, nonperishable food, blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, jumper cables, tire chains, flares, a shovel, an ice scraper and traction material.
- Get into the habit of checking the weather forecast and traffic conditions on your route before setting off. Winter weather can quickly change for the worse, so taking this step can help you prepare for potential hazards.
- Make space for snowplows. While it may be frustrating to drive behind slow-moving vehicles, passing them can be dangerous. A snowplow operator has limited visibility, which means they may not see you.
- Take extra driving precautions like reducing speed, watching out for black ice and braking gently to ensure you don’t lose control of your vehicle. Increase following distance to allow plenty of room between vehicles. Drive cautiously on bridges, ramps and intersections as they are more prone to freezing.
Failing to drive carefully in winter conditions can lead to auto accidents. If you have been injured in a collision with a careless driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg to learn more.