Tips for safer winter driving

Drivers in Arizona that experience severe winters will be glad to know that there are many ways to cut down on the risk for car crashes during this period. Sometimes snow isn't the worst factor. Ice can cause drivers to lose control as it makes braking and steering much more difficult. Black ice, which makes the road look wet, is especially deceptive.

To stay safe on the road, drivers are encouraged to winterize their vehicles. This process includes checking components like the brakes, defroster, heater and wiper blades for proper functioning; inflating the tires before the cold weather deflates them; and replacing old oil with a type that can stand up to colder temperatures. Batteries over three years old also should be replaced. If necessary, drivers should purchase snow chains and snow tires.

While on the road, drivers should adjust their speed accordingly and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them since braking requires longer distances on wet or icy roads. If possible, they should try to keep their gas tanks filled up as this will prevent the gas lines from freezing. Drivers also should avoid slamming on the brakes, passing snowplows and spinning their wheels when stuck in the snow.

The Federal Highway Administration states that 22 percent of car accidents are weather-related. Still, drivers have a responsibility to keep their vehicles under control. When they fail to do so and cause a motor vehicle accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for any vehicle damage, medical bills and wages lost to a period of physical recovery. A lawyer can help someone build up a case with the help of investigators and handle all negotiations on the victim's behalf.

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