Essential Winter Driving Tips That Could Save Lives (Pt. 1)
November 17, 2014
There’s no escaping the fact that winter is here and that, with it, so are icy and snowy roadways. If you have not driven in more extreme winter conditions in a while – or if you have a newly licensed driver in your household, now is a good time to review some essential winter driving tips that could help you and all of the drivers in your family minimize your risk of getting into serious motor vehicle accidents this winter season.
In this blog series, we will identify some of the most important winter driving tips that all drivers in colder locations should be familiar with so they can appropriately maneuver their vehicles in icy and snowy conditions.
In the event, however, that these tips do not help you avoid motor vehicle accidents this winter, be sure to contact the Portland motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Savage Law Firm. We have the experience you can count on for superior representation, aggressive legal advocacy and the best outcomes for your case.
General Winter Driving Tips for Daily Commuters
For people who are regular commuters, here are some essential winter driving tips for safely getting around:
- Check your tires regularly – About once a week, make sure that your tires have the appropriate amount of air in them. This can easily be done with a portable air pressure gauge, and you can find the ideal tire pressure for your vehicle’s tires in the owner’s manual for your vehicle.
- Keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle – Avoid running your gas tank below the half-way mark, as this can increase your risk of a gas line freezing.
- Drive when you are rested, sober and alert – Because the challenges of winter road conditions require immediate responses from drivers, be sure you are ready to pick up on and respond to these challenges by being attentive and sober behind the wheel. In other words, don’t drive if you are tired, intoxicated or will be distracted.
- Don’t use cruise control on icy roads – Again, because icy winter roads can present some unique driving challenges, it’s best to avoid using features like cruise control.
- Warm up your vehicle in an open area – Avoid warming up vehicles in enclosed spaces like garages, as this can lead to the buildup of potentially deadly carbon monoxide gas.
To check out some more of these essential winter driving tips, don’t miss the second and third installments of this blog series that will be published soon!
Portland Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you or someone you love been hurt in any type of motor vehicle accident? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the Portland motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm.
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