7 Tips for Driving Safely in Winter Conditions

Posted By Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC || 1-Dec-2015

It is evident that Portland and the rest of Oregon can experience harsh weather conditions throughout the winter. If you are someone who has to travel, this can make for a difficult obstacle. As if there were not enough dangers on the road, the addition of snow and ice can make things much more complicated when driving. It is important to understand what to do on the road and ways to avoid potential auto accidents.

Avoid High Speeds

Driving at high speeds is obviously dangerous regardless of the circumstances. When there is snow or ice on the ground, there is an even higher possibility of accident. Traveling at high speeds in this kind of weather can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle and an accident may occur.

Use Tire Chains

One of the best ways to avoid slicks and spinouts is to put chains on your tires. These are used to provide extra traction in the harsh winter conditions so snow and ice are less effective in interrupting your driving experience. They provide grip to maneuver in the snow, as well as get in and out of snow packs.

Keep Your Tires Inflated

If a tire is slightly deflated in the snow, it may cause you to lose traction and your vehicle may not have the same grip on the ground as it should. If it is completely deflated, getting out of the snow is nearly impossible. Make sure your tires are inflated completely.

Make Sure Your Equipment is Adequate

Windshield wipers, headlights, and any equipment to change tires or fix your car are important. Making sure they are properly working is important when the winter weather approaches. These can help improve your safety on the road.

Watch Out for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

While there may be less of them, pedestrians and bicyclists can still be present on the road regardless of the weather conditions. In fact, there may be quite a few pedestrians who made the choice to walk rather than drive. With lower visibility, pedestrians may be hard to see and avoiding a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident is important.

Make Sure to Utilize Your Heat and Defrosters

Ice and snow can pile on your window. When this happens, windshield wipers may not be enough to increase visibility. Make sure to start your car ahead of time and let the heat and defrosters run. This can melt the ice and snow off your windows, making it easier to remove.

Stay Off the Road

If you feel that you may be in danger on the road, it may be in your best interests to simply avoid driving completely. Any doubt about your ability to drive safely should be enough sign to convince you to find an alternative option when traveling.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact Paulson Coletti. Our Portland auto accident attorneys have the experience and knowledge to gather the information and determine if negligence is responsible for the accident. Speak with us today and let us explain your rights and options.

Categories: Auto Accidents