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Knowing how to stay safe when the weather outside is frightful

With winter weather close at hand for many areas of Colorado, you might have concerns for your safety as you navigate the open road. While living in an area where snowy weather is a constant fixture, you might find it imperative to become informed on how to operate a vehicle in adverse conditions safely.

Unfortunately, you can't always rely on others to take the same precautions, and if you are new to the area, you may also be unaware of how best to prepare yourself for the coming climate change. Even if the weather outside is frightful, there are steps you can take to reduce the odds a dangerous collision will occur.

Preparing for and driving in snowy weather

Snowy and icy road conditions can substantially impact your ability to operate a vehicle safely. When it comes to driving in winter weather, preparation is critical, and some steps to help ready yourself for the change in weather may include:

  • Vehicle maintenance: While keeping your vehicle in proper working order is always advisable, it is even more essential in areas with adverse driving conditions.
  • Adjusting driving behavior: In the presence of snowy weather, adjusting your speed as necessary is essential, as is using caution with how quickly you accelerate and how closely you follow behind other vehicles.
  • Braking in snowy weather: Knowing the best way to apply the brakes in adverse weather is vital, as mashing the brakes could make your vehicle slide uncontrollably.
  • Visibility as an issue: With the inherent decrease in visibility during snowy weather, keeping your windshield clear and ensuring your lights and indicators work could be imperative.

In many cases, it might be advisable to avoid driving in inclement weather if possible. However, if you must travel, there are certain items that you might find it helpful to take with you on your journey, such as tire chains and a first aid kit.

The actions of others

Unfortunately, you can only control so much of what happens on the road, and if another driver's negligent decisions cause a dangerous accident to occur, you could suffer serious harm in the process. Following your accident, you may wish to pursue restitution accordingly, but the process can be somewhat overwhelming. You could choose to consult with someone who is knowledgeable in the area, and such advice could help better prepare you to pursue the full amount of compensation you're entitled to receive through a personal injury claim.

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