Winter weather pounded parts of Virginia earlier this week, leaving roads coated in ice and dozens of motorists involved in collisions. In fact, the Virginia State Police reported Virginia car accident numbers spiked on the morning of Jan. 14, with a total of 84 collisions across the state.
With numbers like these, it comes as no surprise that winter weather presents serious risks on the road. That’s why the Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm would like to offer a few tips to help you stay safe this winter:
- Don’t Drive If You Don’t Have To– If weather and road conditions are deteriorating and you have nowhere you need to be, stay home and off the road.
- Be Prepared– If you must drive in snowy or icy conditions, know the road conditions along the route you plan to travel. You may also want to pack an emergency supply kit with food, water, blankets, flashlights, and a fully charged cellphone to call for assistance.
- Learn Basic Winter Driving Techniques– Driving on ice is a different experience than driving on asphalt. That’s why motorists should learn safe winter driving techniques such as how to stop, slow down, and stop a spin on ice. AAA offers several tips on operating a vehicle in winter conditions.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road during this cold, icy weather.