Winter Driving Safety Tips
Here in the Sunshine State, we are lucky enough to enjoy mild temperatures for almost the entirety of the year. As snowbirds and vacationers flock to Florida as a sought-after escape from colder environments, we are reminded of our amazing weather. But even here in the South Florida area, we experience cold fronts such as the one that came with the winter arctic blast that encapsulated much of the nation in early December. And while our state may not be covered in feet of snow, that doesn’t mean that drivers don’t need to be prepared for all sorts of weather surprises when it comes to driving safely during the winter. Additionally, just as those who reside in other states visit Florida, Floridians who drive just a few states away for travel or leisure can encounter a very different environment. Therefore, everyone should pay attention to tips that can help drivers stay safe on the road this winter.
How Dangerous Can Winter Driving Be?
Statistics concerning winter car accidents are as grim and cold as the weather can be. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety, winter conditions such as storms, bad weather and poor road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter season.
Keep Up with These Winter Driving Tips.
- Prepare for an emergency. Vehicles can break down in the best of circumstances so you should ensure your car is up to date on scheduled maintenance. Additionally, keep emergency supplies in your vehicle just in case you get caught out in the elements. This includes flashlights, jumper cables, and flares or emergency lights in your vehicle.
- Don’t drive impaired. This time of year has plenty of opportunity for partying, from holiday gatherings to the series of Federal holidays during the first few months of the year that provide many people with an extra day off. However, do not drive when you are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs nor allow loved ones to do so. Instead, designate a sober driver ahead of time, call a taxi, or use a ride share service.
- Avoid distractions while driving. Wait until you have stopped your car to eat, reach for something, or use your cell phone to text, email, or access social media. You should be giving the road your full attention in order to maximize your chances of keeping yourself and others on the road safe.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in an Accident?
As the South Florida car accident attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez, we have years of experience helping car accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. We aren’t afraid of complex situations and you can depend on us to help you meet the requirements of the law so that you receive the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can begin handling your case quickly and professionally.