Chicago residents often complain that there are two seasons for Chicago’s roadways: winter and construction, both of which present unique driving challenges. It is important that, as we enter the winter season, drivers take certain precautions and follow certain safety tips in order to prevent auto accidents this winter.
The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to protecting motorists in Chicago and throughout Illinois. As such, the following are certain safety tips that should be park of motorists winter survival guide:
- Avoid drinking and driving. During the winter, many people drive to and from holiday parties that serve eggnog and other festive libations. It is important that party-goers designate a sober driver before the event and never get behind the wheel if they are intoxicated. Not only can drunk driving make you liable for any alcohol-related accidents, but you can also wind up in jail if your BAC exceeds the legal limit.
- Take extra driving precautions. Roadways are often made more treacherous by snow, ice, and salt. When conditions are less than ideal, motorists should reduce their speed, allow plenty of room between vehicles, and brake gently to avoid skidding. If you do start to skid, you should stop breaking and turn into the direction of the skid.
- Make sure your vehicle is winterized. Drivers should check the air and wear of the tires with a quality gauge when the tires are cold. The car’s battery should also be properly charged, and windshield wipers should be kept in good working condition with washer fluids topped off.
- Keep winter survival supplies in your vehicle. Several items should be kept in your care during winter months, including water, blankets, first aid kit, flashlight with batteries, flares, battery booster cables, an ice scraper, shovel, and traction mats or salt/sand.
- Take extra precautions when driving on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roads. Oftentimes, these roadways are the first to freeze, which can cause dangerous driving conditions. Moreover, as we recently reported, many bridges are in need of repairs, which can make them even more dangerous when weather and driving conditions are less than ideal.
- Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. While it may be frustrating to drive behind these slow-moving vehicles, the roads are often safer behind these trucks than in front of them. Moreover, truck drivers have limited visibility, making it dangerous to pass them.
- Avoid distracted driving. Distracted driving is responsible for thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. Among those killed or injured in distracted driving accidents, nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries cited cell phone use as the major distraction. Texting, emailing, or talking on a cell phone should be avoided at all times, especially during winter months when weather and road conditions require more focus and attention.
The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to helping the victims of auto accidents obtain the financial recovery they deserve. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Chicago car crash lawyers.