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What Can You Do to Avoid Winter Weather Crashes

R. Mark Maritote Dec. 20, 2018

On behalf of of Maritote Law posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Crashes happen at every time of year, but winter is one of the most seasons in Illinois. Roads are likely to become slick from rain, sleet and snow. In the winter, there are more vehicles on the roads because of the holidays. Still another issue is that some drivers are not prepared to drive in the conditions, which makes them more dangerous to themselves and others in winter months.

It’s best for everyone to take time to prepare for winter driving. This can help them avoid becoming involved in a collision. Here are a few tips to keep yourself and others safe.

Take a winter driving class

Winter driving requires special techniques and knowledge. You have to learn how to brake on ice, turn out of a slide and drive in other hazardous conditions. A winter driving course could help you be better prepared.

Use the right winter tires

Another good thing to do is to have winter tires on your vehicle. They have better tread and will help your vehicle grip the road better than regular tires. This helps prevent sliding and crashes.

Know your limits

If you’re not comfortable driving on ice or in the snow, avoid it. You can call a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft or ask friends or family to drive you. The last thing you want to do is to go out onto the roads while you’re stressed or anxious.

These are a few tips that can help you stay safer on the road during the winter. The right attitude, training and vehicle maintenance make a difference.