Many parts of Virginia, including Roanoke, have seen extremely low temperatures in recent days. When temperatures dip below freezing, ice can form on roads and bridges, making routine drives and commutes treacherous and much more likely to result in serious accidents.
There are many safety precautions you can take in all types of weather to protect yourself while driving. But you can further reduce your risk of being involved in an accident and prepare your vehicle for emergency situations this winter by following these tips:
- Pack emergency supplies – Winter weather can worsen significantly in a matter of minutes—often with little to no warning. Motorists throughout the U.S. may get stuck or stranded in their vehicles in extreme situations. Stock your car with emergency supplies, including water, food, blankets, and a change of clothing in the event you get trapped in your vehicle.
- Replace your unreliable, old, or corroded battery – Cold weather can significantly reduce a car battery’s performance, and in some cases, batteries may even fail when temperatures dip below freezing. If your battery is old or leaking, replace it with an all-weather model as soon as possible.
The Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm know that the challenges drivers face during the winter are different and more dangerous than at any other time of year. We also know that when other motorists don’t take those threats and risks seriously, accidents can happen.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that was caused by a negligent driver, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.