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Winter driving tips to help keep you safe

There is never a good time to take risks when you're behind the wheel of your vehicle. Doing this increases the chance of an accident, and that's not something you ever want to deal with.

During the cold winter months, unsafe driving is even more dangerous. Furthermore, it's easier to make a mistake that puts you in a compromising position.

Here are a few winter driving tips to keep in mind:

  • Be slow with everything you do. There is no point in being in a hurry when the roads are slick, as this will increase your chance of causing a crash.
  • Leave more space between vehicles. Wet roads, such as those covered in snow, make it more difficult to stop your vehicle in a timely manner. This is why leaving extra space is so important.
  • Don't stop quickly. This is one of the top causes of winter weather car accidents. When you attempt to stop quickly on wet roads the end result can be a loss of control.
  • Don't stop moving if you're going up hill. If you do, you may not be able to get moving again.

It may not always be possible, but if you can avoid the roads altogether in bad conditions, you should consider doing so. This is the only guaranteed way to avoid a crash.

If you are part of a winter motor vehicle accident, move to safety and wait for help to arrive. Once you understand the cause, you can take steps to protect your legal rights and seek the compensation you deserve.

Source: AAA, "Winter Driving Tips," accessed Jan. 11, 2018

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