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Snow Driving Safety Tips

As fall draws to a close, the first signs of winter are beginning to show. The leaves have all fallen from the trees and the air is becoming more frigid by the day. Soon, many will be excited to see the first flakes fall for the season. It brings so much joy for families to play merrily in the snow.

The snowy season brings joy but can also bring some dangers when it comes to driving. Winter car accidents are often associated with snowy conditions, leaving many stranded and injured in the cold and treacherous conditions. These basic tips will help any driver stay safe while driving in the snow:

  • Use the correct tires. Maintaining traction in the snow is a vital part of staying safe and accident-free. To have adequate traction while driving in the snow, a tire should have at least 6/32 inch of tread.
  • Clear your vision. To avoid a car crash in snowy conditions, it is important to ensure you can see where you are driving. Replace your windshield wiper blades when needed. Also, apply a water-shedding product, such as Rain-X, to all windows and mirrors. Be sure to use an anti-icing fluid in the windshield washer system.
  • Brake correctly. If you are driving a vehicle with an antilock braking system (ABS), use the stomp, stay and steer technique. If you have an older vehicle without ABS, push the brake pedal until the wheels are no longer rolling. Then release the brake immediately, enough to allow the wheels to roll again. Repeat this process rapidly

Car crashes in the snow can be very dangerous and should be taken seriously. The cold weather combined with a car wreck could have fatal consequences. If you have been injured in an accident, you need to seek your legal options immediately. Contact a car wreck attorney at Hupy and Abraham to discuss your case. Call 800-800-5678 or chat online 24/7 at hupy.com for a free consultation.

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