Winter is right around the corner and that means the roads will soon be slick with snow, slush, and ice. No longer will New Yorkers be able to make a mad rush through the morning and evening commutes without putting themselves at serious risk of an auto accident. Now’s a good time for all motorists in the soon-to-be snowy city to prepare for the oncoming climate change and remind themselves of some key winter driving safety tips.
Make a checklist of all the things you would need in case you get stuck in your car during a winter storm. You should include these items in your emergency inventory: extra clothing for warmth, a flashlight, a windshield scraper, jumper cables, tire chains, a bag of salt, blankets, food, and water. Also be sure to always have your gas tank filled up halfway during the winter.
Conduct Periodic Inspections of Your Vehicle
Take your car to a mechanic for a professional inspection before the start of the winter season. Make a habit of checking your tires, windshield wipers, fluids, and lights every time you head out. The more often you check your vehicle, the better. And remember, always keep a spare tire at hand and make sure it’s not flat.
Drive Slow and Keep Distance
Do not tailgate or speed. Give yourself enough time and space to react to an emergency.
Maintain a Firm Grip on the Steering Wheel
Potholes, heavy winds, and ice can destabilize your vehicle. Keep both hands firmly gripping the wheel so you can steady your vehicle when necessary.
Keep It Light and Steady
This goes for steering, braking, and accelerating. Any abrupt action or sharp movement can cause your vehicle to spin out of control.
Watch for Black Ice
One of the most dangerous winter road hazards, black ice is difficult to spot because it is nearly indistinguishable from wet spots on the road. If the temperature is close to freezing, look out for signs of black ice, such as the lack of spray from your tires and the formation of ice on the top corners of your windshield.
A Dependable New York Accident Attorney
If you have experienced an accident despite following these safety measures, chances are the other motorist was at fault. With the assistance of a New York personal injury attorney at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, you may get compensation for your injuries and other damages from the liable driver. Call us today at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation that’ll inform you of your rights and legal options.