The winter months in Ohio tend to feature cold temperatures, snow and roads that are almost never dry. Regardless of how much experience you have operating a motor vehicle, it’s not necessarily a bad idea to review winter driving best practices.
Give yourself more time
You may need to drive at speeds slower than the posted limit when roads or highways are covered in snow and ice. This is primarily because it may be harder to maintain contact with the road at high rates of speed. Furthermore, you will need more space to slow down or stop when road conditions are poor. Giving yourself extra time to get to work, school or other destinations means that you slow down and maximize your chances of avoiding a car accident.
Inspect your car
Avoiding a negative situation while traveling during the winter months may be as simple as making sure that your vehicle is in good condition. You will ideally check to ensure that your tires are properly inflated and that your windshield wipers are not stiff or flaking away. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the heater is in good condition and that the battery is strong enough to start even after sitting for several hours in the cold. Adding an emergency kit that includes a cellphone, bottled water and other essentials may make it easier to get help or stay comfortable while waiting for it to arrive.
If you are hurt in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to a financial award. Compensation may be obtained through a settlement or after a jury trial. Poor vehicle maintenance, driving too fast for road conditions or driving while distracted can be examples of negligence.