Icy streets and dangerous road conditions are just around the corner. Combine these risks with the added threat of COVID-19, and this winter season may be more hazardous than usual. The following tips can reduce your risks of a car accident and help keep you safe on the road, no matter what the upcoming season has in store.
- Drive carefully: Reckless actions like speeding and texting are even more dangerous when road conditions are poor. Take extra measures to ensure your safety and the wellbeing of others on the road. Leave more distance than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you, and stay alert.
- Ensure your vehicle is safe: Determine your vehicle’s maintenance needs before road conditions worsen to help prevent unexpected dilemmas. The last thing you want is to end up on the side of an icy road waiting for a tow truck. Review your vehicle safety checklist and pay attention to your tires, oil, and battery.
- Plan your route: Checking road conditions before heading out is an essential step in safe winter driving. Check for delays, travel advisories, and particular areas of concern. Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going.
- Stock your vehicle: Make sure you have all the things you’ll need in your car before hitting the road. Carry tools, such as a broom and ice-scraper to keep your windows clear and your vision unencumbered. Also have items on hand that you might need in an emergency, like a blanket, reflective triangles, a flashlight, and jumper cables. Additionally, in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic, make sure you have face masks, hand sanitizer, and similar protective equipment in your vehicle.
Unfortunately, even if you take every safety precaution you can, you cannot control the actions and decisions of others on the road. If the carelessness of another driver results in a wreck and injuries, you need an accomplished law firm you can trust to protect your rights and best interests. With more than 50 years of combined experience, the car accident attorneys at Sklare Law Group are passionate about helping accident victims obtain the full and fair compensation to which they are entitled under the law.
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If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Sklare Law Group today online or at 312-263-0771 for a free case evaluation. We serve clients in Chicago and the surrounding areas of Illinois.