Every year, Poughkeepsie roadways are introduced to new drivers. This means
that many youth will experience driving at the wheel during a snow storm
and on snowy roadways surfaces for the first time. Sounds scary, does
it not? But let us face the other fact about how even experienced drivers
find driving in the snow to be tricky, difficult, and outright dangerous.
Experienced Poughkeepsie motor vehicle accident attorneys see and litigate many cases that which involve winter weather car accidents.
The least experienced drivers can always use some extra tips and advice
about safely driving on snow covered roadways. But the same holds true
for even the most experienced drivers.
Consider the following list of tips and advice that which will definitely
serve you well for staying safe while driving on snowy Poughkeepsie roads
to help reduce the risk of
- Sometimes that best way to stay safe when roads are snowy is to stay off
the roads entirely. Stay at home instead of driving.
- If a storm commences while you are at work, school, or elsewhere, consider
staying put until the storm lulls or subsides.
- If you know that driving on snow and during snow storms will be unavoidable,
make sure that your vehicle has tires adequate for traversing wintery roadways.
- Understand that having good tires, seatbelts, airbags, and other safety
devices are not force fields. The best way to stay safe is to avoid accidents
all together. Therefore, slow down when driving on snow.
- Have winter windshield wiper blades installed before winter weather hits.
- Make sure that your vehicle’s breaking system is properly functioning.
- Be alert and observant, looking to see all that is to be seen on the roadways
and places adjacent to such.
- Make sure your fuel tank is always half full.
- Do not drive when over tired or drowsy.
- Of course, never drive while under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.
- Do not use a phone or other type of mobile electronic device while driving.
- In that vein, consider not using other car functions, such as the radio
or other gadgets installed in the vehicle because these can distract motorists as well.
- Take a defensive driving course that teaches participants how to driving
on snow and how to successfully come out of a skid or slide.
- Your vehicle should have properly functioning defogging and deicing mechanisms
in use as well.
- Try to drive on “main” roads as well. These primary roads are
cleared of snow first.
- Leave a greater distance between your car and other vehicles.
- Never stop on a snow covered hill.
- Consider keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle.
For more safety tips, look at some of our other articles and blog posts.
Read an overview of safety tips, statistics, liability, and advice in
our article on snow and ice car accidents
available here. Learn about snow and ice car accidents and statistics in
our blog post available here.
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