‘Tis the season, not just for twinkling lights and gift giving, but also for the infamous Chicago winter.
Not surprisingly, the incidence of traffic accidents increases in direct proportion to the decrease in temperature. When you have been the victim of a bad weather accident, a Chicago car accident lawyer can help you. The cost of treating car accident injuries can be very taxing on your budget, but there may be ways in which you can recover compensation for your costs. Follow these tips for staying safe on icy Chicago roadways.
Keep Focused on the Road
Ice and snow on the road demands your full attention even more than normal. Put all distracting devices like your cell phone off to the side and keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.
Stopping distance is severely cut short when the roads are icy. By driving at a slower pace, you will be able to maintain control of your car on the ice and stop when it is necessary.
Keep a Safe Distance From Other Vehicles
Double the normal distance between you and the car in front of you. Avoid driving alongside other vehicles on multi-lane roads; strong Chicago winds combined with ice have been known to cause a moving vehicle to drift over the dividing line.
Keep Your Headlights On
Your car’s headlights make you more noticeable to other vehicles. This is especially true when it is snowing.
Know When Not to Drive
Winter weather conditions in Chicago can make driving dangerous. Know when it is best to just stay at home and wait it out to avoid an accident. If you are already out in a storm and find that your visibility is reduced or ice and wind are causing you to lose control over the car, find a safe place to stop and wait out the storm.
Winterize Your Car
Snow tires and special windshield wipers are important to have, but you should also prepare your car for getting stuck. A small shovel, a small bag of ice, a couple of bottles of water and a few candy bars will all come in handy if you get stuck in a snowbank.
Learn How to Not Slip and Slide Away
When you feel your car is starting to slide on an icy patch, resist the urge to brake suddenly. Take your foot off of the gas, shift into neutral, and turn the wheel in the direction of the skid as you gently tap the brake.