Nearly a quarter of vehicle crashes that happen each year are weather-related – that’s almost 1.5 million car accidents. Snow and sleet, icy roads, slush pavement and other inclement weather conditions make driving on roads perilous, and increase the odds of a winter car accident. If you’ve never been in a winter car accident, or it’s been awhile since you’ve had to deal with an event, it’s important to know in advance how to properly respond.
In any kind of winter car accident, even if it’s just a fender bender, your first response should be to ensure that passengers in the vehicle or OK. Then, call 911 or your local police department for help. Once you know everyone’s OK, follow these tips:
The best way to avoid a winter car accident is to drive defensively and wisely in inclement weather. Some precautionary steps to take include never driving while tired, keeping the car in good condition (by checking the tire pressure), driving with a full tank of gas, and never using cruise control when the roads are icy or wet. Drive slowly and be alert about what other drivers are doing.
Of course, if you don’t have to go out on the roads, don’t. For more winter driving safety tips or for help dealing with a winter car accident, contact Osgar’s Autobody today!« Back to Blog
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