With winter weather on the way, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of safe driving tips for motorists. In Texoma, we can expect anything from freezing rain and ice storms to near blizzard conditions this season. We recently reported on how to prepare your vehicle for winter, but are you ready to get behind the wheel this season? With a little bit of preparation and know-how, you can get ready for winter weather on Texoma roadways.
When Possible, Stay Off The Road
In poor weather and roadway conditions, the NHTSA always recommends staying home and off of the roads when possible. If you have to get to work or leave the house in an emergency situation in bad weather, allow yourself extra time to get to your destination and make sure you and your car are ready to safely traverse the cold roads.
Winter Safety Driving Tips
- Make sure your windows, lights and windshields are free and clear of ice and snow.
- Buckle up. Every trip. Every time.
- Drive slowly.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Focus on the task of driving.
- Know your brakes.
Safely Applying Brakes
Whether the roads have been dumped on by snow or have a thin sheet of ice covering them, you need to know how to safely apply your brakes. Don’t wait until you’re out in a storm to learn about your brakes. First, you need to determine whether or not you have antilock brakes. If you do, then you can apply firm continuous pressure. If you don’t have antilock brakes, pump them gently. If you’re in a skid, remember to stay calm. The NHTSA recommends easing gently off of the gas, while steering in the direction you want the front of your car or truck to go. Remember to stay off of the pedals until you’re in control of the vehicle again.
Bad Weather Car Accidents in Texoma
If you have been injured in an accident in bad weather, remember to stay calm and call for help. After any kind of car accident due to somebody else’s negligent, distracted or dangerous behavior, it’s important to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free consultation.