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What You Can Do to Avoid Car Accidents This Winter

Posted by Russell West | Feb 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

An accident occurred on a January 2022 morning when a woman driving a compact car crossed over the line of North Wood and collided head-on with a Chevrolet truck. The compact car driver was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and was reported to not be wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The truck's driver did not incur serious injuries in the crash. The street was temporarily closed down while traffic investigators researched how the crash occurred. While it remains uncertain to what degree the winter weather played in this crash, it likely played some role. 

Even the most experienced Spokane drivers can benefit from learning strategies for driving safely during adverse weather conditions like rain and snow. This article reviews some winter driving tactics that can help to avoid fatal crashes.

Driving Techniques You Should Use While Driving This Winter

Some of the most helpful winter weather driving strategies that you should use while driving on the road this winter include:

  • Never drive while tired. Studies reveal that fatigued driving can lead to various risks for motorists the same as alcohol impairment.
  • Never run your vehicle in a closed area so it can warm up. This can lead to the deadly collection of carbon monoxide.
  • Make sure your seatbelt is secured every time you get in your vehicle
  • Routinely inspect your tires and make sure they have sufficient tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times. 
  • Keep extra clothing as well as other emergency supplies in your vehicle in case you get stranded 
  • Never use the parking brake as a handbrake if you are traveling on snow or ice
  • Do not use cruise control when traveling in winter or wet conditions
  • Inspect your windshield wipers and make sure they stay in good working order
  • If your vehicle loses traction while driving, make sure to steer in the direction you want to head
  • Avoid hitting the gas when you begin going somewhere. Accelerating too quickly can lead to your vehicles losing traction.
  • Never hit the brakes when you want to immediately stop. Instead, pump your brakes to avoid losing traction.
  • Drive below the speed limit if weather conditions are particularly bad. Remember, both stopping as well as turning take notably longer on icy or wet roads.

Speak With an Experienced Spokane Accident Attorney

If you are injured in a winter crash and played no role in the accident, you should not hesitate to contact a compassionate car crash attorney at West Law Office who will help you build a strong case and argue for the compensation you deserve. Contact our law office today to schedule a free case evaluation.

About the Author

Russell West

Russell West from West Law Office, located in Spokane, Washington represents clients in areas of criminal traffic, misdemeanors, and personal injury. DUI’s, Reckless Driving, Negligent driving, Hit and Run, and Driving with Suspended license are the majority of criminal traffic violations. Drug Charges, Theft, and Domestic Violence account for most of the other criminal cases Russell handles.

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Spokane Attorney Russell West practice areas include: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Slip and Falls, DUIs, DOL Hearings, Criminal Traffic, Expungement/Vacating Records, and Insurance Bad Faith

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