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Avoiding Car Accidents in Inclement Weather

Winter is officially here, and with it comes the potential for more severe weather in East Tennessee. While snow days can be filled with hot cocoa, holiday movies, and snow angels, they also bring the potential for increased car wrecks. Snow, freezing rain, sleet, and ice can all lead to car accidents. Below are a few reminders to help you avoid being involved in an accident this holiday season.

Stay Home

Obviously the easiest way to avoid a car wreck is to stay off the roads. We know this is not always possible, but try to plan ahead and avoid any unnecessary trips out in inclement winter weather. In East Tennessee fashion, if the meteorologists are calling for snow, go ahead and head to the grocery store to stock up on essentials. Then if you must get out, go straight to your destination and back home. Not only does this reduce your risk of an accident, it also frees up the roads for emergency responders to be able to help those in need.

Clean Your Windshield

Driving with impaired visibility is never a good idea; especially in winter weather! If you’ve got snow or ice on your windshield, either start your car a few minutes before you need to leave to give your car time to defrost or keep an ice scraper handy to remove all snow and ice before you start driving.

Slow Down

Speed limits are for optimal driving conditions. The Oak Ridge Police Department says, “Even though some roads appear relatively clear, they could still be slick. It doesn’t mean you should drive faster or even go the speed limit. Slow down!” Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination; it’s better to show up a few minutes late than to get in a car wreck.

Know Your Vehicle

Be familiar with your vehicle; some models feature a “snow” button to help improve handling in inclement weather. Make sure you have good tires and that your car is up-to-date on its regular maintenance.

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident this season, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Give us a call at (865) 691-2777 or contact us through our website Brown & Roberto, PLLC to set up a free consultation.

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