Winter’s just around the corner, and it seems that no one can drive in even two inches of snow, so we’re hoping to change that with these important winter driving tips from AAA:
- Take care of your car. This sounds basic, but it is one of the biggest factors in avoiding an accident. If you go into winter with a dying battery or bald tires, you’re asking for trouble.
- Tell others your route and when to expect you to return. If something happens and you cannot personally call for help, your only hope will be that a loved one will realize something is wrong and investigate.
- Maintain at least a half-full tank of gas. This isn’t just to avoid running out of gas in a snowstorm; it’s also to avoid gas-line-freeze in the morning.
- Avoid cruise control. Cruise control gets very confused by slippery surfaces. Trust yourself to make better driving decisions in your snowy neighborhood than your car’s manufacturers can.
- Do one thing at a time, and do it slowly. Accelerating, turning, and braking should all be done with a lot of extra time and space, and should be done slowly. There is a lot that can go wrong when attempting maneuvers in ice and snow; don’t overwhelm your car with variables.
Bonus tip: Live in an area where you might get stranded out in the snow? Keep an emergency bag in your car with gloves, hats, food, water, a “burner” pay-as-you-go cell phone, and any daily medication you would need. These bags save lives.
Remember, even if you’re a good winter driver, many others aren’t! You may even encounter other types of vehicles on the road. Make driving choices that keep everyone safe, and if anything ever happens or if you should get into an accident, our number is always right on this newsletter.
An Attorney Can Help After A Winter Weather Accident
In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident involving winter weather hazards, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.