DENVER, CO, March 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Many Colorado outdoors enthusiasts love a fresh coat of powdery snow for their activities., stalled vehicles and motor vehicle accidents
can all result from the difficulties of driving on snowy roads that lack friction, but you can reduce the chances of being in an accident by following some safe driving practices.
Preparation and Driving
Safe driving begins even before your car leaves the driveway. The Colorado Department of Transportation recommends that you find out the road conditions before you leave. Clear off snow from your vehicle and your headlights, so that you will be visible, and inspect your vehicle for problems. A breakdown in bad weather can be dangerous.
When you head out on the road, turn on your headlights and keep your windshield clean so that you can see other drivers. This is especially important when falling or blowing snow reduces visibility. Further, do not use your cruise control when you are driving on ice or snow. These additional tips can improve your winter driving:
- Allow at least three times more than the usual distance between the car and the car ahead of you.
- Use a low gear to improve your traction, especially when driving up a hill. Apply your brakes more slowly to avoid skidding and ease off the brake if your wheels begin to lock up.
- Use particular caution when driving in areas where black ice is likely to occur, such as overpasses and bridges.
- Do not pass vehicles such as sanding trucks and snowplows that improve road conditions.
How to Handle Skidding
Despite your best efforts, your vehicle may skid on ice and snow. Even then, you can take steps to protect yourself. According to the National Safety Council, if your rear wheels skid you should:
- Steer in the direction of the skid, a technique that may seem counter-intuitive to inexperienced drivers
- Turn your steering wheel gently over to the other side as your vehicle begins to recover from the skid
- Apply steady pressure if your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, but pump your brakes gently if your vehicle has standard brakes
If your front wheels begin to skid, you should:
- Remove your foot from the accelerator and shift your vehicle into neutral
- Not attempt to steer the vehicle until it begins to recover from the skid and the front wheels regain traction.
- Steer in the direction of desired travel and shift the transmission back into a low drive gear.
What to Do If You Get in an Accident
If you get in a motor vehicle accident, you are likely already know to attend to anyone who is injured and call 911. After that, determining what to do after a car accident
can be overwhelming. An experienced attorney will be able to explain your rights and evaluate your case under Colorado's complex laws. Additionally, lawyers will often have access to experts in accident reconstruction, medicine and other areas needed to successfully resolve your case.
Based in Denver, Colorado, The Sawaya Law Firm provides experienced representation for people who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in motor vehicle accidents anywhere in Colorado. Visit our website at http://www.sawayalaw.com/CM/Custom/Firm-Overview.asp
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