Winter is almost here, and that means roads throughout Virginia will become slick and icy. Loss of traction is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents, so it’s important to prepare yourself and your vehicle for driving in inclement weather.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident attorneys know that the risks of car crashes increase when the weather is bad—especially when it affects roadways. Rain, snow, fog, and ice are all common during the winter months, and knowing how to drive in those conditions can help you avoid accidents.
Here are a few tips you can follow to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:
- Check your tires. Your tires are the most vital components on your vehicle in all weather, but especially during winter weather. Make sure they are properly inflated, and replace them immediately if they appear worn or damaged.
- Replace burned out lights. Lights are also critical when visibility is reduced, which is common during rain, snow, sleet, and fog. Check your lights frequently and replace them as soon as they begin to dim or burn out.
- Don’t panic if you lose traction. Losing traction when driving over wet or icy spots can be scary, but it’s important to stay calm. Take your foot off the gas or brake, keep your hands on the wheel, and allow your vehicle to coast until you regain control.
Unfortunately, other drivers remain one of the primary causes of accidents, and they don’t always follow those safety tips. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that was caused by another driver, we’re here to help. Call today for free consultation.