How to Drive in Whiteout Conditions

Recently, INC Now published an article about safe driving in wintry conditions in Indiana due to all of the recent, multicar pile-ups around the state.  Here are some of their tips to driving safely in the winter weather:

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation in Canada states that there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being in a pile-up.  No matter the winter road conditions-light snowfall or heavy winter storm-there is really no difference in driving.

The first step you should take is to slow down and drive at a speed appropriate for the weather conditions.  Always drive with your headlights on at night or in low visibility conditions.  It’s not only important to use your headlights so you can see, but so other drivers can see you as well.  It is also advisable to use your defrost and windshield wipers to maximize your vision.  You should also allow more distance between you and the car in front of you, especially while braking.

In regards to things you shouldn’t do while driving in poor winter road conditions, the first is not to stop on the road if you find you need to stop.  Pull over on the side of the road, or find a parking area if possible.  You must always be patient when driving in inclement weather conditions.  Do not try to speed up, change lanes, or pass other vehicles as it could cause confusion or even accidents.  Never drive distracted.  Put away your smart phones and other electronic devices.  Your first priority should always be paying attention to the road.

However, in some instances, drivers can be backed-up for hours on end.  This brings us to the question, what should you do if you have to stop or even if you get stuck?  Most transportation officials say to stay with your vehicle to keep warm until help arrives.  Turn on your flashers, but only run your motor sparingly.  If you find yourself in a situation where you get stuck, transportation officials recommend having a driving survival kit on deck.  This includes a cell phone and charger, a blanket or extra clothing, non-perishable foods, a shovel, and a candle or flashlight with extra batteries.

If you find yourself involved and injured in a car accident in Indiana this winter, contact an experienced attorney at Martoccio & Martoccio Personal Injury Law Firm to find out how they can help you with any compensation or other fees.

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