Winters are harsh in Lynn, Massachusetts, and like it or not, there will very likely be a time when you need to drive in the snow. While snow plows do their job to remove snow from roads and keeps streets from icing over, conditions may very well be less than ideal. If there is a day this winter when you have no choice but to drive in the snow, here are some tips for avoiding a weather-related Lynn car accident:
Review How to Handle Skidding
One of the most dangerous parts of winter driving is the risk of skidding on slippery surfaces. Before you get behind the wheel, make sure that you review how to handle a skid and what to do if you lose control of your vehicle.
AARP recommends taking your feet off of the pedals if you find yourself in a skid; don’t brake or accelerate. In this moment, you should also act quickly to turn your vehicle in the direct that you want to go. As your vehicle starts to move in that direction, you will then need to turn the wheel in the opposite direction to beat the skid. You may be able to avoid skidding in the first place by driving slowly, taking turns at a reasonable speed, and neither over-steering nor over-accelerating.
Give Other Vehicles More Distance
Another way to avoid a Lynn car accident in the snow is to make sure that you give other vehicles plenty of distance. This includes both vehicles that you are following, as well as vehicles by which you are being followed. If a vehicle is following you at an unsafe distance, simply change lanes and allow the vehicle to pass. Tapping on your brakes is one of the most unsafe things that you can do when a vehicle is following you in the snow.
Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Winter Ready
Before you even think about driving in Lynn during a snowstorm, make sure your vehicle is winter ready. This means:
- Topping off your antifreeze;
- Checking the tread on your tires and air pressure – in many cases, you may need snow tires or chains;
- Installing new wiper blades;
- Filling up your wiper fluid;
- Making sure your battery can hold a charge;
- Changing your oil; and
- Making sure you have at least a half tank of gas.
It is smart to have your car maintained by a professional during the change of seasons.
What to Do if You Are in an Accident in the Snow and Lynn
If you are involved in a wintertime accident caused by snow in Lynn, you should report the accident to the police and seek medical care immediately. Then, you should contact the experienced car accident attorneys at the offices of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law. Deborah Gold-Alexander has over 30 years’ experience representing car accident victims, and can help you to determine who is liable for your snow-related crash. Contact Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, today at 781-289-4235.