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Preparing for Winter Driving

Since auto accidents are more frequent in the winter, drivers in Kentucky should understand what they can do to stay safe on the roads. The first thing to consider is the effect of ice and snow on vehicle steering and braking. Drivers should account for increased braking distance and a greater chance of losing control of one’s vehicle.

This is why motorists should slow down and keep a greater distance from the cars in front of them. They should also refrain from using cruise control as this can slow their reaction. Lights should stay on when driving in the snow. Drivers must be on the lookout for patches of ice, which tend to develop first in shaded spots and under bridges and overpasses. Black ice is especially dangerous because it makes the road look wet and can be hard to spot.

Lastly, it’s important to winterize one’s vehicle. This covers a wide range of tasks. For example, drivers should make sure their windshield wipers, brakes, heater and defroster are all functioning. Furthermore, they should inflate their tires and replace their oil and antifreeze. Batteries that are more than three years old should be replaced as well. If necessary, drivers should also purchase snow chains or snow tires.

Unfortunately, many people do not change their driving habits when winter comes around. This makes them more susceptible to car accidents. Victims of such accidents can speak with a lawyer about filing an injury claim. The lawyer could hire investigators to recreate the accident and find proof that the other driver was negligent. If successful, a settlement could cover vehicle damage, medical expenses and lost wages. If the driver was reckless, the victim may sue for punitive damages.