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Winter driving: How to do it the safe way

On Behalf of | Dec 24, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As the winter months approach, people across Massachusetts will once again begin to make their way to work and school in the snow. Although the presence of snow is certainly a joy for some, the fact is that it also comes with a few challenges, especially for drivers. The following includes detailed information on how you can make your daily driving experience that much more enjoyable and, most importantly, safer.

Don’t wait until it snows

Perhaps the most common mistake drivers make is waiting until the snow begins to fall to winterize their vehicle. Although weather can be random, it’s likely that your local news network will report on the first big snowfall of the year. This will give you enough time to conduct a quick maintenance check-up on your car, which may help you avoid having a motor vehicle accident. Things to make sure to check include:

  • Tire pressure
  • Oil
  • Brakes
  • Heater/defroster
  • Battery

Ice on the road

Although snow can be dangerous to drive on, most people will be able to see it before they drive on large patches of it. This cannot be said for black ice. Because ice is clear, it will likely camouflage with the black road and thus become practically invisible to drivers. If there is a report of ice in your area, you should assume that each road you drive on has ice.

Be sure to drive slowly and keep your distance from other drivers. You can take additional precautions by installing chains on your wheels to provide you with additional traction.

Although taking the precautions above may reduce the chances of an accident occurring, it’s never at 0%. It’s always wise to have an attorney to help protect yourself and your livelihood in the event of an accident with another driver.