Learning how to drive confidently in winter weather events, like snow, ice storms, and freezing rain, is a must-have skill. It can be easy to forget the basics of safe driving. To avoid making driving errors that could lead to a serious or fatal car accident, a driver should take precautionary measures during the colder months.
Clear Snow and Ice from the Vehicle
It can be tempting to drive a car with snow and ice on the hood; however, this can lead to unsafe driving. A driver cannot adequately see all traffic that is behind them, to the side of them, and in front of them if they have snow and ice on their vehicle.
Another problem associated with not fully clearing off a vehicle is that large pieces of solid precipitation can fly off of the car. If snow or ice hits the windshield of the vehicle behind, it can cause property damage. In New Jersey, all drivers must remove snow and ice from their cars.
Make Sure Tires are Inflated and Have Deep Treads
Having reliable tires is important, especially in winter. A driver should invest in new tires if it is feasible and make sure to test the depth of the tire treads.
In addition to having adequate treads without too much wear, tires need to be properly inflated. A tire that has too little or too much air will not be able to sufficiently grip the road, particularly during and after snowfall or freezing rain.
Give Extra Space and Time
A driver’s manual typically suggests that motorists should remain several car lengths behind each other. When the weather gets terrible and visibility is limited, drivers should slow down and give even more space.
A driver must expect that their journey will take longer than usual if road surfaces are covered with snow, sleet, or ice. Going below the speed limit is allowed and urged when conditions are dangerous. Turning on the car’s four-way blinkers can be helpful as well.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
Knowing what to do after a crash is important. Immediately after the accident, a driver should call 9-1-1, get their vehicle to a safe location, and obtain important information from the other motorist. While waiting for help, drivers should try to avoid placing or accepting blame. Injuries may need to be addressed at the scene until medical personnel arrives.
After a winter crash, a driver may end up filing a claim with their own or the other motorist’s insurance provider. In the event of serious injuries or extensive property damage, the driver may wish to speak with a lawyer to discuss the appropriate settlement amount.
Atlantic City Car Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Work with Injured Victims of Winter Crashes
If you were injured in a winter collision and need to file a claim, one of our Atlantic City car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm can help. Call us at 609-926-3300 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury.