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Four Tips for Safer Winter Driving

By Lipton Law on December 16, 2011 - No comments

Winter driving in Michigan means snow and ice – and plenty of it. To help get yourself and your passengers safely to your destinations this winter, consider the following four winter driving tips.

  1. Leave space. Cars cannot stop as quickly on snowy, icy, or wet roads as they can on dry ones. Leave extra space when you are following or passing a vehicle, so that you and they will have room to maneuver if a vehicle slips or spins.
  2. Clean off your car. Make sure all your lights – including back-up lights and turn signals – are clear of snow. Cleaning the snow off your car’s roof is also a smart safety move, as it prevents snow from flying off your car in transit and blocking another driver’s view.
  3. Slow down when approaching bridges, overpasses, or shady spots. These areas often remain icy even when the rest of the roads are clear, so use caution until you’re sure there’s no ice on these stretches of road to surprise you.
  4. Do not rely on four-wheel drive or cruise control in snowy or icy weather. Four-wheel drive will not help you stop any faster, and cruise control may cause an accident. Rely on your driving skills and pay careful attention to the road.

Car accidents in Michigan can cause serious injuries, and trying to navigate Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws and other rules after a crash can seem overwhelming. At Lipton Law, our experienced Southfield auto accident injury attorneys are dedicated to helping injured people get the compensation they need, so they have the time and resources they need to heal. To learn more, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.