Getting Ready for Winter Driving
Supposedly, this winter is going to be one of the harshest we have seen in a few years. While that remains to be seen (I've heard this for the past three mild winters), it's always a good idea to be prepared for it. Most people think about tire quality, traction agents, like salt, sand or cat litter, antifreeze, having winter wiper fluid, and making sure that they have an ice scraper in their vehicle when thinking of winter preparations. While these are all good ideas, there are other things to think about when it comes to driving in cold conditions.
Driving on snow and especially ice can be hazardous. While slower speeds and better tires may help you stay on the road, other people, sadly, may not share your same considerations for safety. If for whatever reason, you get into a wreck, you could be on the side of an icy road for an extended amount of time. Wrecks wouldn't be the only reason you might find yourself in a tight spot. Engine trouble could also leave you stuck in a precarious situation, as well.
Since these instances mentioned above can become more dangerous the longer you stay out in the cold, you will want to be prepared for the unforeseen chances. Packing an emergency winter preparation kit could help to keep you warm in case of a dire situation. Luckily, with cell phones and other modern ways to contact emergency services, you may not have to be out in the cold for long. However, it would be in your best interest to have warm blankets and extra water in your vehicle as well as some high-calorie snacks, a first aid kit. If the roads are in bad condition, it can take a while for someone to come to your aid, even if you are able to call immediately. Hypothermia can set in quickly and so staying warm is a priority.
Not to ruin scary movies for everyone out there, but it is a common trope in these types of shows to have a brief moment where the protagonists realize they can't dial 911 because they have no service. In actuality, just because you don't have service on your phone, doesn't mean that you can't reach an emergency dispatcher. If there is a cell tower in your area, you can call 911 regardless of whether your provider owns that tower or not. Yes, it is possible to be truly stuck in an area that has no cell tower near enough, but you will have to be in a very remote part of the country. With that being said, stocking road flares or warning triangles (which is a good idea, no matter what) could help to draw attention to your predicament should you put them into use.
These tips are not a guarantee that everything will turn out alright, but they could help you if you end up in a situation where you are stuck in the cold.
Driving in and around town can be just as dangerous as traveling out in the country during icy conditions. People can drive dangerously and cause all sorts of havoc from property damage to personal injury and even death. If you have been injured in a car accident, regardless of the conditions of the road, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact The Galbreath Law Firm for a free initial consultation.