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Winter driving do’s and don’ts

| Dec 9, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Safety

Now that the Cincinnati area has had our first snowfall it can be apparent on the roads how bad some drivers are at winter driving. Cincinnati sees a fair amount of snow along with ice during the winter months. This can make driving incredibly treacherous at times. It is important that drivers brush up on their winter driving do’s and don’ts.

Do’s for you this winter

Top off fluids and make sure tire pressure is correct. It is important that drivers have enough windshield washer fluid so that they can keep their windshields clean in the sloppy winter mess. They should also make sure they always have enough gas in the tank and that tires are inflated properly. This can ensure that they have good traction.

Slow down. Winter driving is not the time to speed. It can be impossible to tell where there may be ice on the road or if the road is snow covered. Stopping on snow- or ice-covered roads takes much longer than dry pavement.

Leave extra space between your car and another car. Because stopping takes longer during the winter, it is important to leave extra space between your car and the car in front of you.

Don’ts for you this winter

Do not use cruise control. When the roads are wet or slippery cruise control should not be used. If tires lose traction, cruise control will continue to accelerate, making a very dangerous driving situation.

Do not drive distracted. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous activities a driver can engage in. When a driver’s attention is not fully on the road, they can easily cause a serious accident.

A driver needs to understand the importance of leaving plenty of space between their car and the car in front of them.

If a Cincinnati area resident has been injured in a crash due to no fault of their own, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can help their client understand what happened to cause the accident and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

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