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Wintertime Road Safety Tips

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Winter driving can be risky, so it’s a good time to review some simple ways to stay safe, as a car accident lawyer Chicago, IL offers knows well.  Make sure your car contains some salt, a small shovel, small bag of kitty litter, flares, a blanket, jumper cables in case of emergency.  Make sure your car is well maintained, and has proper snow (or all season-tread) tires. Often the places who have installed your tires will rotate them for free or low cost. This allows tires to wear evenly and gives you more traction on icy roads.

Now that so many holiday errands can be done online, consider getting in the carless. This is an especially good idea when it has recently been raining after ice or hail or a large snowfall.  Allow plenty of time for plows and salt trucks to make the roads safer, and enjoy relaxing in the warmth of your home if errands aren’t essential.

When driving in ice or snowy conditions, it’s important to leave a substantial amount of space between you and the car in front of you. A general guideline to use the six-second rule, meaning that when the car in front of you passes a fixed point in the road, it should take you six seconds before you pass that samepoint. Yes, this takes patience, but is worth it in order to prevent a potential auto accident if the car in front of you skids or suddenly stops. If you are the one who’s being tailgated too closely by the car behind you, change lanes to stay safer. It’s especially key during the winter months, to relax your driving, avoid rushing and give others their space.Some simple centering and relaxation skills like diaphragm breathing or listening to soothing music in car can help.

Distracted driving has been shown to be as risky as driving under the influence of alcohol. Avoid both by putting cell phones away and take a taxi or download ride for hire apps on phone ahed to be ready when you’ve been celebrating with alcohol this holiday season. Illinois is one of the top DUI arrest states in the nation, don’t risk it!


Thank you to our friends and contributors at The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC for their insight into car accident claims and wintertime safety tips.

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