In North Carolina, winter generally tends to be mild. However, this puts many drivers at risk when the temperatures do drop and cause ice to form on the roads. When the winter season does arrive, drivers can reduce their chances of becoming involved in an accident by following certain winter driving safety tips.
Drivers should winterize their vehicle so that it is ready to take on colder weather. Depending on where the driver lives, this may include ensuring that the brakes, heater, exhaust system and lights are all working and that the wiper blades and tires are ready to go. Drivers should check their tire pressure often during the winter because the pressure may fluctuate as the temperatures change. When on the road, drivers should always keep their lights on to make their vehicle more visible.
When it comes to driving in the winter, drivers should adjust their speed by slowing down when the temperatures dip below 50 degrees. Furthermore, they should increase their stopping distance as it may take longer to stop if snow and ice are on the road. Finally, drivers should keep an eye out for hazardous sections of the roadway, which may include overpasses, bridges and shaded spots that can ice over before other parts of the road.
If a driver loses control on an icy road, the chances for injuries or even fatalities are incredibly high as an out-of-control vehicle may travel farther and faster than under normal circumstances. If a person is injured in a car accident after another driver loses control on an icy road, the injured person may seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim. An attorney might handle the negotiations with the insurance company in order to come to an agreement. In the rare event that an agreement is not reached, the attorney may take the case to court.