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(EMAILWIRE.COM, January 05, 2012 ) Bridgeville, PA -- According to Churchill's database of car insurance customers, car accidents are 15 percent more common in the winter than they are during other months. Also, ice and snow contribute to nearly 10 percent of all accidents in areas that experience heavy winter weather. Drivers should take a number of practical precautions to ensure their safety when driving in wintry conditions.
Proper car maintenance helps to prevent many motor vehicle accidents. Drivers should always be aware of the air pressure in their tires as well as the condition of their tire tread. All interior and exterior lights should be kept clean and in working condition. Good wiper blades and a full reservoir of windshield washer fluid will ensure better visibility in difficult conditions. Keeping the gas tank at least half full at all times will prevent condensation and make the vehicle easier to start on cold mornings.
People should keep certain equipment in their cars at all times. Water, non-perishable snacks, flashlights and batteries, blankets and matches should be placed in a plastic container and stored in the trunk during the winter. Drivers should always keep a scraper and a can of de-icer in the car to make sure that they maximize visibility before setting off in snow or ice.
It is highly recommended to listen to the radio or television forecasts to keep updated on road closings or other traffic news. Drivers should also take their time by accelerating and braking more slowly. Anticipating stops or lane changes before they happen will prevent quick movements that could cause a car to spin out of control. In addition, drivers should always turn their headlights on so that their cars are visible to other motorists.
When people are involved in a winter accident they should get their vehicles as far away from other traffic as possible by pulling to the right side of the road. Hazard lights, flares or a brightly-colored piece of clothing tied to the antenna will all help to call attention to a stranded vehicle. Drivers who are stuck in snow should avoid spinning their tires, which will only make their predicament worse.
If drivers are trapped in a vehicle with no help in sight, they should run the engine a few minutes at a time to keep warm and to conserve fuel. Also, drivers should open the window periodically for fresh air and should keep the exhaust pipe clear. In addition, It is best to tell someone in advance, what route they will be taking before setting off in wintry conditions, and they should carry a mobile phone with them at all times.
About Schneorson & Co Law Office:
The author is an experienced accidents lawyer, working for over 30 years in his law office, managing many cases of insurance claims, social benefits and government rights that accident victims are entitled of. His knowledge and expertise made him one of the top attorneys in his field with hundreds of thankful clients. For further assistance: www.srnlaw.com
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