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How can you stay safe while driving in winter?

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2022 | Car Accidents

In Tennessee, winter driving is a bit tricky. Often, roads become slick without warning. When you must drive in snow or ice, there are some winter safety tips that will help to avoid an accident.

Prepare your vehicle

Your car must be ready for driving in bad weather. This helps to ensure safe driving and getting you to your destination without incident. Useful tips include:

  • Windows should remain defrosted.
  • Tires should be properly inflated and have good tread.
  • Your gas tank should be at least half filled.
  • Your car should be filled with cold-weather gear like extra food, water, a flashlight, a blanket, and dry clothing.

Tips for driving in the snow

You may be wary of driving in the snow. Car accidents are common and can be quite costly. Luckily, you can follow some advice to remain safe. Tips include:

  • You should slow your speed.
  • You should not tail the car in front of you.
  • You should gently push your gas pedal so that slipping is avoided.
  • You should be cautious of emergency vehicles, including plows.

What to do if an accident occurs

Unfortunately, crashes may occur in bad winter weather. You must know what to do so that worse injuries are avoided. Some advice includes:

  • You must call for help. It is essential to notify the police and medical personnel so that your health is preserved. Also, it is essential to document scenes of car accidents.
  • You must remain visible. A brightly colored rag may be hung out the window of your car or around its antenna.
  • You should use a blanket or extra clothing to stay warm.

Hopefully, you won’t find yourself driving in bad weather. However, if snow and ice strike suddenly, these tips will keep you prepared and safe.

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