In our region, we’re used to winter driving! Our motorists are some of the most experienced snow and ice drivers, but accidents occur due to inclement weather every year in Lyme and the surrounding areas. No matter how many years you’ve been driving in the snow, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the basics:
- Slow down. It takes longer to come to a stop and to slow down in snow, ice, and sleet, no matter how good your tires or brakes are. Slowing down will provide better control of your vehicle, especially if something unexpected occurs on the road, such as black ice or an icy overpass.
- Increase following distance. Reduced traction allows less room for error. If the vehicle in front of you slams on their brakes, spins out, or loses control, you want to provide yourself with a cushion of space in which to react and slow down or get out of the way.
- Use caution when turning in front of oncoming vehicles. Your acceleration may be slowed by the conditions, and the approaching vehicle may not be able to slow down easily. For these reasons, don’t cut it close when turning in front of another motorist.
- Replace old wiper blades. You’ll want well-functioning wiper blades if a storm hits, plus plenty of window washer fluid.
- Check all of the vehicle lights. Including the headlights, turn signals, tail lights, brake lights, and interior lights.
You can find a full list of winter driving tips at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. While these tips cannot entirely prevent an accident, they will reduce the risk of one.
What if Someone Else Causes an Accident?
If someone else’s negligence is what caused the accident that injured you or a family member, then you’ll need an experienced attorney on your side like David Cole, especially if a careless drunk or texting motorist tries to blame the weather for the crash. Attorney David Cole will investigate your claim to determine who is responsible, and he will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible results on your behalf. For a consultation with our experienced Lyme, NH accident attorney, please contact Cole Law Office at 603-643-4500.