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What to Watch for While Driving During the Winter Months

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Winter driving can be a daunting task for even the most experienced drivers. Snow, ice, and sleet can make the roads treacherous, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries. In this blog, we’ll go over 5 tips for safe winter driving to help you avoid accidents and stay safe on the road.

1. Prepare Your Vehicle

Before hitting the road, it’s important to prepare your vehicle for winter driving conditions. This means checking your brakes, tires, and battery to make sure they’re in good condition. You should also replace your windshield wipers if they’re worn out and keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid fuel line freeze.

2. Slow Down

One of the biggest mistakes drivers make during the winter is driving too fast. It’s important to slow down and give yourself plenty of time to react to any sudden changes in road conditions. This means driving at a speed that’s appropriate for the weather and road conditions, even if it means driving slower than the posted speed limit.

3. Increase Your Following Distance

In addition to slowing down, it’s also important to increase your following distance. This means leaving more space between you and the vehicle in front of you, as stopping on slick roads can take much longer than on dry roads. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 6 seconds of following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

4. Use Your Headlights

Winter driving often means reduced visibility, so it’s important to use your headlights to help you see and be seen. This means turning on your headlights, even during the day, and using your low beams in fog, snow, and sleet to avoid blinding other drivers.

5. Stay Alert

Finally, it’s important to stay alert while driving during the winter. This means avoiding distractions like cell phones and adjusting your driving behavior to the weather and road conditions. If you’re feeling tired or drowsy, take a break and get some rest before continuing your journey.

If you’ve been injured in a winter driving accident, Biren Law Group can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Contact us at (310) 896-4345 today to schedule a free consultation.