New York residents understand that the winter months typically feature cold temperatures, ice and snow. It can be dangerous to drive on surfaces covered with ice or snow. However, there are actions that you can take to reduce the chances of getting into a crash while traveling during periods of inclement weather.
Have your vehicle inspected
Ideally, you’ll have your car inspected during the late fall to ensure that it’s safe to drive during periods of inclement weather. A mechanic may be able to fix tire, brake or electrical system defects before they hinder your ability to run errands or commute to work without incident.
Increase your following distance
When slush or snow covers roads, tires are less likely to make direct contact with the pavement. Therefore, your vehicle is likely to need more time and space to come to a complete stop. Increasing your following distance may reduce the chances of an accident occurring if the car or truck that you are following comes to a sudden stop.
Put winter tires and windshield wiper blades on your car
Winter tires can push large quantities of snow and slush away from your vehicle. This makes it easier to get better traction while traveling during periods of inclement weather. If you plan to drive at higher elevations, it may also be a good idea to include tire chains in your winter travel kit.
Winter wiper blades comprise thick rubber that won’t crumble or freeze to the windshield while sitting in the garage overnight. Furthermore, they are strong enough to move several inches of snow or sleet without breaking. This helps to ensure that you can see where you’re going and reduce your risk of having a motor vehicle accident.
If you suffer an injury in a car crash, you may receive compensation for medical bills and other damages. An attorney might use witness statements, toxicology reports or other evidence to show that another driver’s negligent behavior caused an accident to occur.