Winter is finally here in Aiken. In the aftermath of winter storm Gia, residents throughout our area are dealing with rain, freezing temperatures, and the possibility of a snow flurry or two. While the forecast is nothing compared to what our northern neighbors are experiencing, it still requires taking a few precautions. Winter weather conditions increase your risk of car accidents resulting in serious personal injuries. We have collected some tips to help you and your passengers stay safe on the roads.
Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter Weather Ahead
Accuweather forecasters are predicting a wet and chilly start to the new year in Aiken. Throughout the months of January, February, and even into March, there is a greater likelihood of precipitation and frigid temperatures, which can make roads and bridges throughout our area treacherous.
Any time the temperatures dip, there is the greater likelihood of vehicle malfunctions. Suffering a mechanical break down and being stuck on the side of the road increases the risk of car accidents and injuries. To prepare yourself for the cold months to come, take a few precautions now:
Have your vehicle serviced by a mechanic and check your battery, brakes, and fluid levels
Make sure tires are in good condition with adequate tread
Replace windshield wipers and make sure you have plenty of washer fluid
Check lighting systems and address any head, tail, or brake lights that need replaced
Safety on the Roads
The winter weather we experience in our area, which mainly consists of rain and occasional freezing temperatures, may seem mild compared to the snow accumulations drivers experience up north. However, these conditions are just as risky, if not riskier when it comes to driver safety.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in roughly 20 percent of all car accidents, the weather is a contributing factor. In roughly 50 percent of these cases, it is rainy weather that is to blame. For drivers, rain has a significant impact on vehicle maneuverability and road conditions. It reduces tire traction as well as driver visibility, increasing the likelihood of glare and making it harder to see lanes, traffic signs, and other drivers on the road.
To protect yourself against weather related car accidents in Aiken over the winter months, follow these simple safety tips:
Avoid speeding during wet conditions and go several miles per hour below the speed limit if there is heavy traffic or a chance of ice on the road
Avoid driving distractions during poor conditions and keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times
Allow other drivers plenty of space and avoid tailgating
Check weather forecasts before heading out and on longer trips
Contact Us Today for Help
At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC., we help car accident victims get the compensation they are entitled to when crashes and collisions occur. To find out how we can help you, contact our Aiken personal injury attorney and request a consultation today.