SCDPS Offers Winter Weather Driving Tips
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jan 07, 2016 in Auto Accidents
Winter is upon us, and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety is urging people to stay safe on the road. Below are some winter weather driving tips to help keep you and your family safe.
Preparing for Winter Weather Driving
1. Check the driving conditions and weather reports before leaving home, especially if you are travelling long distances.
2. If there is any risk of driving in poor road conditions, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
3. If there are severe weather conditions, check for school and event closings to avoid unnecessary travel.
4. Make sure your vehicle has been serviced and is working properly. This includes checking your brakes, lights, seat belts, hoses, wipers and fluids. Keep your headlights on if skies are overcast or there is poor visibility.
5. Prepare an emergency kit for bad weather days. This should include a blanket, ice scraper, first aid kit, water, flashlight and fully charged cell phone. You can keep an extra coat, hat and gloves in your trunk in case you get stranded.
Driving Precautions in Snow & Ice
1. Slow Down - When driving in slick, icy or snowy roadways, it is important to keep more distance than usual between you and other vehicles, especially on bridges, overpasses and less-traveled roadways. Ice may be present even if you cannot see it.
2. Know how to Brake - Knowing how to brake can prevent skidding and spin-outs. With Anti-lock brakes, you can press the brake pedal and hold it steadily. If your brakes pulse, know that this is normal. If you have standard brakes, gently pump the brakes so that your wheel does not lock-up.
3. Use Electronic Stability Control - If your vehicle is equipped with this feature, it can assist you in controlling your vehicle if it loses traction.
4. Do not use Cruise Control - You will want to be able to control your car fully in winter weather, and you may have to adjust your speed frequently.
5. Learn to Get out of a Skid - If you start to skid, release your foot from the accelerator and counter steer. Do not slam on the brakes. You will want to steer in the direction that you want the front of your vehicle to go.
The car accident lawyers at Harbin & Burnett remind drivers to remain safe this winter. If you have been injured due to another driver's negligence, we can help you recover compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.