For drivers in some parts of North Carolina, winter is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Unfortunately, driving through snow and ice is frequently unavoidable. If you have to be on the road, here’s some tips on staying safe while driving through poor weather conditions.
When there’s snow and ice on the road, it’s easy to lose control of your vehicle and get into a car accident. For this reason, you should use a light touch on the highway. Don’t speed, make sharp turns or stop too abruptly. Take your time on the road, even if you have to be somewhere at a particular time: it’s better to arrive late than never arrive at all.
You should also allow plenty of space between yourself and the other drivers. If the other car stops in front of you, you’ll have more time to stop and avoid sliding off the road. When you’re driving up a hill, move slowly and avoid hitting the gas to make your car accelerate. Move slowly when you’re descending and keep your foot on the brake. It can be tempting to clear a dangerous area as quickly as possible, but if you end up hitting another vehicle, you might find yourself making a call to your attorney.
It’s also important to prepare yourself for bad weather conditions. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with warm clothes, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, an ice scraper and other emergency items.
Regardless of the weather conditions, you may be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a car accident. You could talk to your attorney to figure out the best course of action, whether it’s filing a claim with your insurance company or suing the other driver.