The colder months of the year are here, so it’s imperative that residents of Washington prepare for driving on the slick roads. Whether you’re driving through snow, on ice or over a combination of both, you must ensure that you’re ready. You also have to get your vehicle ready. Taking the time to go over a few reminders now might help you remain safer this winter.
Check the vehicle
Before you head out in the snow or ice, you should ensure that your vehicle has good brakes and that it is in good condition for the drive. You also need to check the tires to ensure that there is enough tread on them to adequately grip the road surface when you drive. Tires with too little tread can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Leave home early
Even if you know how long it will take to get to your destination, you should leave yourself extra time to get there. You aren’t going to be able to drive at normal speeds. It will take longer to get moving and to stop, so plan for these as you drive. Also remember to take your time as you go up and down hills because these are areas where you might be challenged.
Regardless of how safe you are when drive, there’s a chance that you’ll be struck by another driver who isn’t being as cautious. If this occurs, you may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. This could help you recover the money you spent on medical care. It may also repay you for lost wages and other financial damages you suffered due to the wreck. You only have a limited amount of time to file, so be sure to take care of this quickly after the crash.