Safety Tips for Driving During the Winter

By Peter DePaolis

Each year winter weather brings snowy and icy conditions that can make driving treacherous for most of the country. More than a million and a half automobile accidents occur during every winter season with more than 7,000 deaths and 800,000 injuries resulting from these accidents.

Drivers can lessen their chances of getting into an automobile accident by following these tips for driving during the winter:

  • Maintain your car by ensuring that things like tire pressure, oil, engine coolants and windshield wiper fluids are at proper levels.
  • Be prepared in the event of an emergency. Keep snow scrapers, flashlights, blankets, jumper cables, shovels and flares in your trunk.
  • Keep your cell phone and charger in the car in case you need to use it in an emergency.
  • With the technology available today, you can obtain the latest information on weather and road conditions. Look up this information before you leave and avoid dangerous areas.
  • Make sure that you and your passengers wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Bring homework, games and other activities for children to do while you drive. By keeping children occupied, this is one less distraction for you while driving.
  • Take breaks while driving by stopping at least once every two hours. Falling snow can be hypnotic after long periods of time.

A person injured because of negligent driving during the winter season may wish to speak with a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney. For more information on obtaining compensation for injuries suffered in an automobile accident, contact Paulette Chapman, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.