By Pendergast Law on December 21, 2012
Planning ahead to avoid driving in Seattle’s winter storms is the best way to avoid a weather-related car accident, but planning your trips around the weather’s whims isn’t always an option. If you must hit the road in winter weather, here are some safe-driving tips you can use to protect yourself and your passengers from a car accident â€“ and the need to call a dedicated Seattle dangerous road car accident attorney.
Here are a few ways to drive more safely in snow, ice, and other winter weather:
- Slow down. Driving more slowly can help prevent your vehicle from slipping on sudden icy or wet patches, allowing you to maintain control and avoid an accident. Let the road conditions, not the speed limit, tell you how fast to drive.
- Increase your following distance. All vehicles need more room to slow down and stop when pavement is icy, slushy, or slippery. Keep a larger distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you so you have room to stop instead of ending up in a rear-end crash.
- Keep your lights on. Your lights make it easier for other drivers to see you, especially on overcast days or when rain or snow are coming down.
- Clear off your car, including your roof and lights, to keep snow from obscuring your vision.
Although you can reduce your risk of a winter car crash, you can’t eliminate the chance a crash will occur. If you’re injured in a car accident this winter, don’t hesitate to call an experienced Seattle winter weather car accident attorney to learn more about your legal rights and to get valuable help in securing the compensation you need.