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Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents on an Icy Road

Car on an icy road

Car accidents on an icy road are common occurrences. When driving on an icy road, the main thing to keep in mind is that there is less friction for your tires, so stopping takes a much longer time. The posted speed limit may not be applicable if there are icy road conditions. To be safe, keep in mind how many cars are around, what the visibility is and other factors. You may want to drive under the speed limit in order to be safe.

Safety Tips for Driving on an Icy Road

  1. Maintain a safe speed: The faster you drive on an icy road, the more difficult it will be to stop safely. So, make sure that you drive slowly and maintain a safe speed.
  2. Watch out for bridges and ramps: Bridges and ramps freeze faster than regular roads. Be extra cautious when driving over them.
  3. Do not drive in a snowstorm: If at all possible, avoid driving in heavy snow. Poor visibility and icy road conditions increase the risk of a car accident.
  4. Prepare your car before driving on an icy road, including:
    • Checking the vehicle’s tire pressure
    • Checking the vehicle’s fluids including its motor oil, antifreeze and wiper fluid
    • Testing the battery
    • Examining the wiper blades and replacing them, if necessary
    • Keeping a roadside kit in the vehicle for maintenance and emergencies which includes jumper cables, a shovel, flashlight, ice scraper and snow brush, and extra windshield washer fluid
    • Making sure the spare tire is properly inflated and that the rear window defroster works

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to an icy road, contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled and experienced car accident attorney will ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and damages. Call Rockland Injury Lawyers at 845-709-8005 or 800-940-1799 or email jeff@rocklandinjurylaw.com or reuven@rocklandinjurylaw.com. Our car accident attorneys are ready and waiting to help you.

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