Personal Injury Attorney | Winter Road Safety

Personal Injury Attorney | Winter Road Safety

Personal Injury Attorney | We may not have any snow yet but it is on the way. It’s important that you and the teenage drivers in your home known how to stay safe while behind the wheel this winter.

Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans find themselves stranded on the roadside. Winter weather can kill in mere minutes an unprepared person exposed to the elements, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The first step to make sure your trip is a safe one is to start with your tires.

Gary Derusha from Tires Plus stopped by KSTP Sunday to talk about the best way to get your tires road ready.

Stay safe while on the road in the winter:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel if conditions are too poor.

  • Buckle up, and make sure child restraints are secured tightly. It is recommended to use bulky clothes and blankets on top of the child restraint harness, not beneath, to ensure harness restraints fit properly.

  • Drive at safe speeds according to road conditions, and provide for plenty of travel time.

  • Increase safe stopping distance between vehicles.

  • Use extra precautions when driving around snowplows by keeping at least five car-lengths behind plows.

  • If skidding, remain calm, ease foot off the gas, and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

  • If vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply a steady firm pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump ABS brakes.

  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.

  • Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.

  • Do not use cruise control on snow/icy/wet roads.

  • Equip vehicles with a scraper/brush, small shovel, jumper cables, tow chain, and a bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction. Blanket(s), heavy boots, warm clothing and flashlights are also important, as are storing high-energy foods such as chocolate or energy bars.

  • Be sure cell phones are charged for long trips, and inform family of destination plans and schedule.

  • If stranded, stay in the vehicle.

  • Parents of teen drivers should make sure new motorists experience snow and ice driving in a safe environment, such as an empty parking lot.

Since 1989, the personal injury attorney of Clekis Law Firm have been representing injured people and their families in Charleston and throughout the Low Country. At the Clekis Law Firm our clients always come first. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury due to the negligence of another, don’t be victimized twice. You need someone on your side to help you with your personal injury case and obtain the fair and reasonable compensation that you deserve. Call Clekis at 843.779.1160!

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