Posted in on December 8, 2006

Drive Safely This Winter

As Colorado accident attorneys, we are all too familiar with the serious car crashes and accidents that can occur in poor weather conditions. Just the other day, an individual contacted us about a collision he was involved in when another car was driving too fast on snow and ice packed roads and lost control of the vehicle.

Additionally, the national news has been dominated by the tragic story of the San Francisco family that was lost for 10 days in the wilderness after getting lost while driving home from Oregon after Thanksgiving. The father of the family died after leaving his family to search for help, however, his wife and two children survived.

Below are some tips to help you and your family travel safely this winter.

  • Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car.
  • Make sure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated.
  • Have a mechanic do a winter check up on your car.
  • Have a mechanic check your battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield fluid, ignition system, termostat, lights, heater, brakes, defroster and oil.
  • When driving, make sure you are driving at a speed appropriate for the conditions. It is suggested that you should reduce speed by 50 percent in snowy conditions.
  • Leave longer distance between you and the car in front of you to allow adequate time for stopping.
  • Operate the vehicle with a light touch and smooth control. Don’t be too nervous and clench the steering wheel. This can result in a loss of control.
  • Learn how to recover from skids. If your vehicle starts to skid, steer the vehicle gently into the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go, and do not apply the brakes.

For more information on winter driving tips, visit MSNBC News.

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