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
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
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.