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Safe Winter Driving Tips

When the winter arrives, there are several things that change when it comes to driving on the public roads. Some of the most immediate challenges presented by winter include:

· Icy and snowy roads

· Impaired vision due to falling snow

· Impaired vision due to sunlight reflecting off snow

· Inability to see lines in the road due to snow cover

An experienced Toronto injury lawyer gets plenty of cases that are associated with people who cannot drive in the winter weather. If you live in Ontario, then you will have to deal with the winter, since there is no escaping it. But there are a few good driving tips you can follow that will prevent you from having to schedule an appointment with a car accident lawyer.

One of the things that people often forget about winter driving is that it is not always necessary. If it is snowing out and you really do not need to go to the store that day, then don’t go. Wait until the snow has finished falling and the roads are plowed before you head out. Most people find it difficult to curtail impulse driving during the winter, but staying off the roads during bad weather is a sure way to avoid any accidents.

If you do venture out into the winter weather to drive somewhere, then make sure that you take sunglasses with you. Even if you do not normally wear sunglasses, you will find them more than helpful during the winter. The glare of sunlight off the snow banks on the side of the road can make driving through any area of Ontario dangerous. People who learn to wear sunglasses when they drive in the winter are the ones who tend to avoid the need for catastrophic injury lawyers.

Before winter begins, get your car checked out by a reliable mechanic. The most important parts of your car to have checked are your steering, brakes and tires. If you have an anti-lock braking system on your car, then make sure that it is working properly as well. Preventive measures that are used to improve your car’s ability to navigate the roads during the winter are always a very good idea.

If you do get caught driving in a sudden snow storm, then you have two options. You can slow your speed and try to follow the boundary line of the road to make sure that you do not go off the road. Your other option is to pull over and let the storm pass. No matter which choice you make, it is important that you have your vehicle lights on and that you also have your hazard lights on as well. When you have your lights on in a snow storm, the people who are driving behind you can see you much easier and that can help to prevent accidents. If you pull over to the side of the road during a snow storm, then try to find a parking lot or someplace off the road to park your vehicle until the storm blows over.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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