Roadways covered with snow, ice, and black ice can offer a real test to even the most experienced of Oklahoma’s winter weather drivers. The perils of inclement winter weather can cause your tires to lose contact with the road surface, making your car extremely difficult to control. The winter season also means a very restricted number of daylight hours so people are more likely to be facing these hazards in darkness which only adds to the dangers being faced. According to data compiled by the United States Department of Transportation, approximately 6,000 motorists are killed each year in automobile accidents that are related strictly to winter weather driving conditions. Before you decide to head on out into adverse weather conditions, you should be familiar with some essential winter driving tips that can help keep you safe and possibly prevent a serious auto accident. If you are injured in an automobile accident due to winter driving conditions, don’t forget to contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Watch Your Speed
The best way to maintain control over your car on snowy, icy or otherwise slick roadways is to go slowly. Basic maneuvers, such as stopping, turning, and accelerating will all take noticeably longer than usual and the results are far less predictable. The distance that it takes you to come to a full and complete stop will be very increased. A slower driving speed will help to make up for that distance, preventing rear-end collisions and uncontrolled skids that result in a total loss of control of the vehicle. The legal speed limit is completely insignificant when you are driving over snow or over ice. Your aim here is to travel safely, not quickly.
Keep Your Momentum
Avoid coming to a complete stop on snow or ice unless you absolutely cannot avoid it. It requires a lot more traction and horsepower to get a vehicle that is fully stopped on snow or ice going again than it does to speed up a car that is already moving, even it is only moving a little bit. If you are approaching a red light, for example, it is better to slow way down from far back and try to keep coasting slowly until the light changes then it is to approach the red light and try to come to a full and complete stop and then try to get the vehicle moving again.
Sometimes staying at home is the ideal way for you to keep yourself and your family safe during an Oklahoma winter. Unless your trip is vital, it might be the smarter move to sit and simply wait out the adverse weather conditions. Be conscious of the upcoming weather forecasts, and know when snow is expected to stop and start, and what the projected accumulation is. Try to plan your trip for the best travel conditions possible. Is your area good at keeping roads plowed? It may be best to wait until after that has been done before you attempt a drive. Even if you think that you are a fantastic winter driver, not all of the other drivers on the road are going to be as fantastic. Staying home in severe weather conditions reduces your chances of being involved in a car accident by 100%.
Reducing the amount of driving that you need to do during the winter in Oklahoma is ideal, but not always possible. If you or a family member have been involved in an auto accident you need to contact a personal injury attorney immediately so they can go over your legal options with you. If you have been injured in a car accident in Oklahoma for which you were not liable, then the McGuire Law Firm is here to help you. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of damages that you are entitled to under the law. If you would like a free consultation with one of our reputable personal injury attorneys regarding your car accident case, then please give us a call at (405) 513-5658 and speak with someone in our Oklahoma office today.