Accidents in Winter

Whether or not it’s because of global warming, the weather in the DC metro area has been chaotic. Just last week, the weather was down as low as the 30s and today it’s back up to the 60s and even 70s. Who knows what’s going to happen this winter.

However, it’s always better safe than sorry. That is why Virginia Department of Emergency Management set aside December 1-7, 2013 as Winter Preparedness Week to help people get ready for the winter weather. This is especially important for drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, there were more than 2,600 fatal crashes when it was raining or snowing out. Furthermore, 70% of winter weather deaths in the US are caused by icy road accidents.

Don’t get tangled in a messy car accident case that will ruin your holiday mood. Here are some tips on how to prevent a car accident this winter, provided by Virginia Department of Transportation:

  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter:
    • Check your brakes and tires
    • Check your battery and ignition system
    • Check your antifreeze and thermostat
  • Clear the snow and ice from your vehicle’s roof, hood and trunk and especially from the windows, mirrors and lights.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.

For the full list of tips, click here.

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