Winter weather make our roads more dangerous. Also, the fact is our roads are becoming more dangerous. In 2016 we lost 40,200 people in traffic accidents and it was the deadliest year on American roads in nearly a decade. Let’s all do our part to make an effort to drive more safely and to follow the rules of the road to make all of us safer.
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Follow these tips to help you stay safe as you navigate our roadways affected by winter weather:
- When possible, avoid driving in adverse weather conditions.
- Before driving clear your windshield, windows, lights, and mirrors of snow and ice. Defog your windshield and windows. Do not drive with only a tiny opening from which to see through.
- When driving in the rain or snow, turn on your headlights to increase visibility for yourself and other drivers.
- Do not slam on the brakes ― break gently to avoid skidding or sliding on slippery or icy roads.
- If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure. It is normal to feel anti-lock brakes pulsing.
- Driving in lower gears will help maintain traction on slippery roads.
- If your front tires begin to skid take your foot of the gas, shift into neutral, and once your vehicles begins to slow you can begin to steer your tires in the direction you want to go. Once you regain traction put your vehicle back in “drive” and accelerate gently.
- Take extra caution when driving on bridges and overpasses as they freeze first.
- When driving in adverse weather conditions or in construction zones, reduce your speed and leave ample stopping room between your car and the car in front of you.
- Always yield to emergency vehicles with their lights or sirens on. Know that in Nebraska, emergency vehicles responding to a call or in pursuit are allowed to disregard many of the rules of the road, including speed limits, red lights, and direction of movement.
Feel free to share these winter driving safety tips with friends and family!
Injuries on Nebraska Roads
Every winter people are injured in automobile accidents ― and often to no fault of their own. When injuries are caused by the negligence of another driver on the roads, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Nebraska, we invite you to meet with us for a free consultation. Contact us today through our simple web form or call us (402) 558-4900.
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