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Driving carefully in winter: being well-prepared

By Alpert Schreyer on January 26, 2017

Winter roadDuring the winter months, it’s more important than ever to drive carefully and to be aware of other drivers. Icy road conditions can make the traveling less safe for even the most experienced drivers.

Here are some handy tips on preparing yourself to drive in icy conditions from Car and Driver and The Telegraph UK.

  • Think about staying home. First of all, how important is it that you leave the house? You can eliminate all risk of an accident by completely avoiding the roads. Is this errand really necessary or do you just feel like going out to cure a case of cabin fever? Weigh any possible negative consequences of not going out right now against the possibility of an accident. Another pro to staying in is that you will avoid the traffic that often comes with icy conditions. You won’t be sitting around waiting for an accident to be cleared.
  • Be prepared for your trip. If you decide you really must go out, know exactly where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Plan your route so that you stick to major roads, which are more likely to be cleared and salted.
  • Bring supplies with you in case of an accident, or in case you get stranded somewhere. Supplies you can bring include food and water, extra layers of clothing and a blanket, emergency flares, a flashlight, and sand or grit. Also, make sure your tires are good and that you have a full tank of gas.
  • Make sure you clear all the ice or snow off your windows. Visibility may already be poor: you don’t want to further handicap yourself by limiting you ability to see out of your car’s windows. Give yourself a good ten or fifteen minutes before you absolutely have to leave so that you can thoroughly defrost and scrape your windows.
  • Make sure your battery is in good shape. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere in the cold with a failing battery.

In the event of an accident, seek medical attention first. Then call us.

Some accidents can’t be prevented, but some can. Negligent drivers make the roads an even more dangerous place. If you are a victim in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, there’s help.

From personal injury to wrongful death, if you or someone you know has been injured or otherwise hurt in an accident that you believe was the result of someone else’s negligence, there is no time to waste. In case of injury, always seek medical attention first. Then it is time to take action by contacting the experienced Maryland personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Tell us your story, give us the facts and we can help you fight for the rightful compensation you deserve.


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