With cooler weather moving back into the Tennessee area, the winter weather driving season is just around the corner, so now is a good time to review important safety and driving tips to ensure you and your loved ones are kept safe.
If you are accustomed to driving at higher speeds, it is highly recommended that you discipline yourself and spend the coming weeks practicing driving as slow as possible before the peak of the winter driving season begins. When roads are covered in ice or snow, the probability of an accident becomes much higher than it would be in normal driving conditions, particularly if you are speeding. As simple as it may sound, driving at or under the posted speed limits will increase the safety of you and your passengers.
Cold weather can also take tire pressure down with it as the season goes on. As the temperature drops, air inside a tire can condense and end up taking less space, which will potentially cause problems for your vehicle. Whenever you have a long drive ahead in a cold climate, make sure you inspect your tires to avoid potential pressure problems, keeping your tire pressure inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommended levels. Also be sure to check your tires’ treading to ensure they are sufficient and safe. The easiest way to inspect treading depth is by using the Penny Test: place a penny upside down between the treads and if the top of Lincoln’s head is still fully exposed, it’s time for a new set of tires.
Other recommended preparations include checking all the lights on your vehicle, especially if you plan on driving during the nighttime or in snowy conditions. Make sure all of your defrosters, heaters and windshield wipers are functional and ready to go. Also remember to keep your gas tank as close to full at all times to minimize the amount of stops you have to make. This will also avoid potentially life-threatening conditions if your vehicle is rendered inoperable due to running out of gas.
Plan routes accordingly ahead of time and always check traffic and weather forecasts so you are not caught off guard by potentially hazardous driving conditions. Stock your vehicle with vital supplies such as snow shovels, water, non-perishable food, jumper cables, ice scrapers, snow brushes, flashlights, along with other other survival tools and resources.
Lastly, and as always, avoid risky driving behaviors, which include driving distracted, driving while impaired and remember to always buckle up.
For additional winter driving tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website for detailed information on how to stay safe during the coming months ahead.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident due to inclement road conditions or for any other reason, contact our Nashville-based office at 615-244-2111 for a free and confidential consultation. We will be happy to review your case at no cost to you. Our law firm works on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.
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