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Five Tips for Keeping Safe on Winter Roadways

Northeastern winters can be brutal, particularly in the northern areas of Brewster and White Plains, New York. One of the best ways to avoid a catastrophic winter collision is to practice preventative measures when traveling the treacherous terrain. In this post, our car accident lawyers count down five important tips for drivers eager to remain safely on the roadways this winter season:

Tip #5: Take Inventory

Keeping a well-stocked vehicle can be a vital component to survival in the event you become stranded alongside a highway or stuck in an embankment. First aid supplies, foodstuffs and bottled water are just a few items to always keep on hand. Likewise, a flashlight, jumper cables, extra-warm blankets, hand and toe warmers and flares may also prove helpful following a winter collision.

Tip #4: Maintenance

There is no better time to update and maintain your vehicle than right before the harsh winter months. In addition to a routine oil change and brake inspection, make certain your tires are equipped for the hazards of snow and ice.

Tip #3: Know Your Way

It may seem irrelevant with the dawning of GPS technology, but it is always advisable to keep a map of the area in your vehicle just in case. Blinding winter storms are not uncommon in this area, and drivers can quickly become disoriented in even the most familiar areas. If this happens, and your GPS is also malfunctioning, you could soon face a potentially disastrous situation.

Tip #2: Practice Safe Driving

If you must drive in inclement winter weather, allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Likewise, keep a longer-than-average distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. If you are new to winter driving, it may be wise to practice your skills in an unpaved parking lot or safe area before trying out the actual roadway. This way, you can become accustomed to your vehicle’s performance on ice and snow.

Tip #1: Don’t Risk It

When in doubt, stay home. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, adverse weather has contributed to 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 personal injuries and 1.5 million vehicular accidents annually in the United States.  In addition, adverse weather is considered a contributing factor to 20 percent of all highway fatalities each year. Based on these numbers, the best advice is to stay off the road all together, if possible. If you must drive, keep these tips in mind and make safety your number one priority.

Contact Lynch, Schwab & Gasparini Today!

If you were recently involved in a winter weather collision and would like to speak to an experienced group of car accident lawyers in Brewster, we encourage you to contact Lynch, Schwab & Gasparini right away. We offer unmatched personal injury representation in the White Plains area, and you can reach us by calling (914) 304-4353 today. 

Posted on January 30, 2015 in Personal Injury