Practical Winter Weather Driving Tips

Driving in Snow

You know that you need to take time to brake carefully on icy roads. You are aware that you need to be sure that you have a blanket in your car in case you get stranded. But what about the practical tips that we often forget? As El Nino causes Texas to have one of the wettest winters on record, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of those little things that may have slipped our minds.

  1. Stay Home

Seriously. If the roads are slick and icy, stay home. It seems like common sense, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t heed this advice and trudge out in the winter weather for reasons that amount to nothing short of unnecessary. Unless you have to go to work or are having an emergency, stay off the roads.

  1. Get Prepared

There are very few storms that sneak up on us. Pay attention to the weather and if something is brewing, get prepared. Go out while the weather is still decent and stock up on the things you may need. This will ensure that you are not forced out of your house when the weather hits.

  1. Know Your Car

It’s as important to know your car as it is to know how to drive. Every car handles differently on icy roads. If you have never driven your current car in the winter, consider driving to an empty parking lot during the next rain or snow storm and get a feel for how it handles. This will help you should the roads get slick.

  1. Prepare Your Vehicle

If you have been putting off routine maintenance, the time to get it taken care of is now. Make sure your oil is changed, your fluids are topped off and your brakes have been inspected. You don’t want your lack of forethought to hit you square in the face the first time the cold weather strikes.

  1. More Than a Blanket

You actually need more than a blanket in your trunk. You should have a cold-weather survival kit that can get you through at least a night. Make sure that you have warm clothing, boots, a first-aid kit, water and a few granola bars in your kit.

If you are involved in an accident this winter, you will need the assistance of an experienced accident attorney. Reach out to our team for a free case evaluation. We will work to get you the compensation you may be entitled to by law.

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