The winter months in Ohio cause several types of hazards. Sleet, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures all affect driving in different ways. Being prepared for these winter driving hazards is about more than just checking your tires and watching out for black ice.
Three Rules for Safe Winter Weather Driving
Some travel you just can’t avoid in the winter, such as your regular commute to work or school and necessary errands like grocery shopping. When you do have to go out in the elements, remember these three important rules.
- Be prepared. Preparing for winter driving includes basic vehicle inspection and maintenance, stocking an emergency kit, and checking the weather conditions before you leave the house.
- Be alert. Driving while impaired or drowsy is extra hazardous during winter weather conditions. Remember that your car takes more time to stop on slick roads and snowy conditions can greatly diminish visibility, so make sure you are in peak condition to drive when heading out.
- Be smart. Only make trips that are absolutely necessary during bad weather. Inform others of the route you are taking and when you arrive so they know you are safe and can call for help if you do not make it to your destination in a reasonable time.
These rules, along with many other important tips and facts, are illustrated in our infographic, Ohio Winter Driving Hazards & How to Stay Safe.
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Vehicle Crash Risk Rises in Winter Weather Conditions – We Are Here to Help
At Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. we know just how dangerous Ohio roads can get during the winter. If you or a loved one suffers an injury due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your damages. Contact our office today to set up a free consultation, or call us directly at 734-922-8001.