It’s been a pretty active early winter for our area and the snow and ice is likely not done falling. We wanted to take the time to set you up with a few tips on avoiding a New Haven auto accident when you’re out and driving in the snow.
Our area of the country is in an unique position when it comes to winter weather. We are often on the line between snow/rain/ice/sleet. It can be challenging for the forecasters to call out the exact place where snow is going to form and where things will remain ice/sleet or if they will change over to rain. This can make deciding how or when to drive particularly difficult.
With the three steps below you can remain safe when snow is in the air or when we’re on the border of snow/sleet/rain. Whether you’re unsure of the forecast or it is very clear what the precipitation is, you can be sure that these three steps will help you get to where you are going safely and without incident.
- Step #1: Check your tire pressure. Driving on under-inflated tires can be one of the most dangerous things you can do in winter weather. Tires that do not sit on top of snowy or icy roads and rather sink into the weather can cause damage very quickly and easily.
- Step #2: Check your windshield wipers. Visibility in a storm can be key in avoiding an accident. This applies to rain/sleet/snow and can have an impact on whether you stay safe while driving in these conditions.
- Step #3: Check your defogger. Staying warm inside the car and the cold air outside the car don’t often play nice together and that’s why it’s important to have a fully functional defogger so that your windshield can stay clear of fog while you’re driving. If yours is not functioning properly you may need to get it checked out by a mechanic before you head out into the snow.
Weather conditions in our area are often unpredictable, so it is very important that you are prepared for anything to help you avoid a New Haven auto accident. Taking the time needed when the roads are dry and clear to make sure your car’s equipment is in order can be the difference between getting to your destination on time and in one piece and getting injured and being late.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you’ve been injured behind the wheel, contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review your case. We will work with you to look at the details of your case and protect your long-term interests.