Ohio is an unpredictable state when it comes to the weather. On this very day in mid-November, the sun is shining and temperatures have been remaining at a study 45-50 degrees.
However, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio drivers know it’s better to prepare sooner rather than later.
Rather than waiting for winter to hit, here are 4 tips on preparing for driving in winter weather:
- Consider putting snow tires on your vehicles. Depending on where you live and what kind of car you drive, it could be beneficial to get snow tires on your vehicle before the snow comes.
- Keep a safe distance from snow plow trucks. Many drivers think they’ll be safest following a snow plow, but oftentimes they tail too closely resulting in a rear-end collision.
- If your windshield wipers need to be on, so should your headlights. Snowfall can often make it darker and less visible for drivers so turning your headlights on in heavy snowfall can reduce risk of an accident. If the weather is severe, drive with hazards on or pull to the side of the road.
- Always travel with safety equipment in case your car breaks down in a snow storm. If case of an emergency, it’s important to keep the following in your vehicle: emergency first aid kit, blanket(s), flashlight, and water.
In 2015 there were 302,307 car accidents—out of the total number, 110,550 motor vehicle accidents occurred in the months of November, December, January and February.
Nearly half of Ohio accidents in 2015 occurred in a 4-month span.
Winter driving is nothing to joke about. Whether you’re a seasoned driver, a teen driver, or new to snow regions; follow these 4 tips to keep yourself and other drivers safe this winter.
The cold months have a higher average of car collisions in Ohio and a high number of accident fatalities than any other month of the year. When you get behind the wheel during those winter months, always be aware and drive with caution. If you or a loved one was injured due to a negligent driver, don’t hesitate and call me today.
As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I will Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.