Drive safely during adverse conditions to avoid accidents

Though driving is one of the most common behaviors people across the country engage in, it is surprisingly risky also. It is dangerous enough driving in the summer, but in the winter when the roads are covered with sleet or snow, the risks increase drastically. Just like the weather differs during these two periods, the driving techniques Minnesota residents use should also differ in the two periods.

There are three safe Ps of winter driving-prepare for the trip, protect yourself and prevent crashes on the road. Keeping in mind a few simple tips for driving in the winter months may go a long way in preventing fatal accidents.

By maintaining one’s car by checking the battery and ensuring there are jumper cables and other equipment readily available in the car, drivers can ensure they are prepared to tackle difficult driving conditions. In case someone’s car has stalled, OSHA advises drivers to stay in their car and turn on the dome light to attract the attention of other drivers.

Drivers can protect themselves by wearing seatbelts and keeping children under the age of 12 in the backseat. In addition, when weather conditions are adverse, drivers should increase the distance between their vehicle and the one in front of them. It is also important to keep one’s eyes open and aware of changing road conditions and other drivers on the roadway.

Even the drivers who take the proper precautions when driving in winter weather are not immune to being involved in an accident. When a car accident is caused by someone else’s negligence, including driving too fast for weather conditions, the victim may want to explore their legal options.

Source: OSHA, “Safe Winter Driving,” accessed on Dec. 16, 2014