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Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

When you talk about bad weather in the Province of Ontario, people instantly start to think about the winter. But the Toronto lawyers who see personal injury cases from auto accidents every day know that bad weather occurs all year round. If you want to avoid being in a personal injury accident due to bad weather, then you will need to follow some tips from car accident lawyers that will help you to stay safe.

The most important thing you can do to keep yourself safe when driving in bad weather is to make sure that your car is always ready to handle the conditions. Some of the procedures you should be doing on a regular basis include:

  • Having all of the fluids checked.
  • Getting the brakes inspected.
  • Making sure that your tires have the proper amount of tread.
  • Getting your lights inspected.

When your vehicle is in good running condition, then you are going to be able to handle the bad weather better. The most important things to keep an eye on are your tires and your brakes. You do not want to be out in a rain storm and have bad brakes or bald tires. At that point, you are just asking to be in a personal injury accident.

Too many people dismiss driving safety classes as being unnecessary, but they are an excellent way to learn the skills that will keep you safe in bad weather. In Ontario, you can get a discount on your auto insurance if you take a driving class and then keep your certificate current by taking the class when the renewal time comes.

Another safety activity that people tend to take for granted is to wait until the bad weather subsides before getting on the road. Lawyers such as David Himelfarb have plenty of cases that could have been avoided if the driver had just made the smart decision to wait out the weather. Wherever you are going is not more important than your long-term health. If the weather is bad, then have a seat at home, stay comfortable, and wait for the weather to subside.

On long trips, it helps to have another person with you to share the driving duties. Trying to concentrate in bad weather can accelerate fatigue and poor vision. If you must drive for long distances in bad weather, then you should have a second person with you who can take over when you get tired. Many of the worst accidents in bad weather could have been prevented if people had just taken this safety precaution prior to leaving their homes.

Driving in bad weather is a challenge no matter what you do. But you can reduce the chances of being in a personal injury accident by following some smart safety tips and doing what is necessary to make the best of a bad situation.

 

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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