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Tips for driving in winter

Drivers need to prepare the car, keep the vehicle clean and drive slowly during the winter months.

Drivers across the State of Nevada can do a lot to increase the safety of the roads. Even using personal protection, such as seat belts, can decrease the number of deaths and serious injuries sustained during a traffic incident. According to the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan, 333 people were killed and another 1,089 were seriously hurt in car accidents because they did not wear their seat belts. Not only can drivers and car occupants put on their seat belts to get ready for a drive, but they can also pay attention to the weather and the road conditions to make specific preparations based on the current season.

Prepare the car

Because a person never knows when an emergency will present itself, it is important to keep the car ready for anything. Putting emergency gear, such as battery jumper cables, a flashlight, drinking water and blankets, in the vehicle before a long drive can make it easier to wait for help even if the weather is chilly.

An emergency kit is not the only thing needed to prepare the car. Vehicle owners should also make sure the automobile is ready for a long drive. This can mean doing a quick inspection to make sure every facet of the vehicle is road-ready, including the following:

  • Tires
  • Gas tank
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Battery

Doing an inspection before getting on the road can ensure the car will get the driver and all of the passengers to their destination.

Keep it clean

Ice and snow are not always present during the winter months, but when they are they pose an extra risk to drivers. Not only can ice and snow make the roads slippery, but they can also make it harder for other road users to see the vehicles around them. When traveling in snowy conditions, drivers should make sure their vehicles stay as clean as possible. This can mean making regular stops at rest areas and gas stations to clean off the headlights and taillights of the car. This helps increase the driver’s ability to see and be seen.

Take it slow

When on a road trip, most people want to get to their destination as quickly as possible. If the roads are icy or snowy, however, it is important to take the road conditions into account. Overdriving can lead to losing control on slippery roads. Drivers may need to be gentle on the gas when taking off from a stop, but ready to hit the brakes if an obstacle comes in their path.

Nevada drivers need to know how to handle the vehicle in any type of weather. No matter when an accident happens, it can be beneficial to work with an attorney familiar with this type of personal injury case.