It’s not uncommon for Connecticut roads to be covered in ice and snow during the winter months, and motorists often have to contend with cold temperatures that can wreak havoc with tires and other vehicle components. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to minimize your risk of getting into an accident while driving during the cold and snowy season.
Give yourself adequate time to reach your destination
Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination allows you to drive at speeds that are appropriate for road conditions. It also helps you drive in a more relaxed manner, so you’ll be less likely to tailgate other vehicles, which is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. Maintaining an appropriate following distance is important because your car will need more time to stop on surfaces that are covered by ice, snow or other debris.
Know what to do if you’re losing control of your vehicle
If you feel yourself losing control of your vehicle, it’s important to refrain from pushing on the brake pedal. This is because it will make it even harder for your car’s tires to make contact with the road. Instead, you should simply steer in the direction of the skid until the skidding stops.
Have an emergency kit in your car
You never know when your vehicle is going to have a dead battery or experience a flat tire. An emergency kit that has a blanket, bottles of water and a flashlight can help you remain calm and comfortable until help arrives. Ideally, you’ll have a cellphone and charger so that you can call for help or keep track of weather conditions where you happen to be stranded.
If you are involved in a car crash, you may experience significant injuries and property loss. In the event that the crash was caused by another person’s negligent behavior, it may be possible to obtain a financial award to recoup your losses and cover ongoing expenses.