Groundhog day asks the same question every year: will there be 6 more weeks of winter? Idahoans know how unpredictable the state’s weather can be. While the groundhog may not see his shadow in Punxsutawney, we could still have a snow storm around the corner. It is important to be prepared for sudden changes in weather, especially on the road. At Hansen Injury Law, we regularly represent seriously injured car accident victims and want to help you avoid crashes. This post identifies some effective ways to stay safe during different kinds of weather.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the majority of weather-related car accidents happen on slick roads while it is raining. During rainy conditions, slow down and avoid standing water. Both of these steps will help you keep control of your vehicle. Hitting wet spots on the road at high speeds often results in spinning and hydroplaning — which then leads to accidents.
The best advice is to not drive in snow at all until it is plowed. But, sometimes that is impossible. Similarly to rainy conditions, slowing down is helpful when driving in the snow. Snow, ice, and sleet are not your car’s best friend. Make sure you keep your headlights on even if it isn’t dark out. This will help increase visibility. Also, try to avoid using cruise control and don’t slam on your brakes. These tips will help you keep better control of your vehicle. If Groundhog Day rolls around and Phil sees his shadow, get ready for some snowy driving.
Driving blindfolded and driving in fog sometimes feel like the same thing. You may struggle to see objects, other cars, or traffic signs until it’s too late, resulting in a crash or at least a close call. As always, slowing down will help prevent accidents. Also, using your low-beam headlights will improve visibility. If the fog is seriously dense, consider using your hazard lights to make sure others see you.
Hansen Injury Law: Here on Groundhog Day, and Every Day
You may be prepared to drive in any conditions, but others probably won’t be. If you are injured in a crash due to someone else’s careless driving, you may be eligible for compensation. At Hansen Injury Law, we are experienced helping injured drivers and passengers in Idaho get what they deserve. You can order a free copy of our book, The Idaho Accident Book, to better understand your rights in an accident case. If you have questions about a car accident or think you may have a case, please contact us today!