The temperatures are in the freezing range, and you can expect wind, snow and ice to start regularly appearing – which means that it’s about to get tricky out there on the roads.
Driving always has an element of risk, but winter has its own unique hazards. To stay safer this season, here are three tips to keep in mind:
Clear the ice and snow off your vehicle
Consider this your yearly reminder that you’re legally required to remove the ice and snow that accumulates on your car before you hit the road. That means you need to do a lot more than just scrape a spot clear on the front and back windows. Accumulated snow and ice on your car can suddenly move when you’re in motion, obstructing your vision or the vision of those drivers around you.
Build a little extra time into your schedule
If you can work from home on snowy days, do it. If you can’t, at least build some extra time into your commute so that you aren’t even tempted to speed.
Slowing down is the number one thing that you can do to improve your safety when the roads are slick and drivers are nervous. No matter what’s taking you out under those conditions, make sure that you proceed slowly and cautiously.
Stick to the main roads whenever possible
Sure, you may normally shave 10 minutes off your commute by taking the backroads where there are fewer traffic lights – but that probably won’t be the case once the snow starts.
Typically, main roads get pre-treated for bad weather the heaviest and they’re the first to be cleared. You can avoid a lot of slips and slides if you stick to the roads where the snow plows are frequent.
Despite your best efforts, you may not be able to make it through the winter entirely unscathed. If you end up injured in a wreck because of another driver’s negligence, you have a right to expect fair compensation for your injuries and losses.