Winter does not officially begin for two more weeks, but we have already seen our share of dangerous driving conditions from snow and ice in Indianapolis this year. Just last week, 27 vehicles were involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up in Carmel after a wintry mix created slick driving conditions throughout central Indiana. Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from reviewing wintertime driving tips. The following tips are provided by the AAA’s Roadway Safety Exchange:
1. Avoid driving while fatigued. Studies have shown that driving fatigued can result in driving risks similar to those who are impaired by alcohol.
2. Never start your car in an enclosed area and let it run to warm up, like in a garage. This can create a deadly buildup of carbon monoxide, which can kill a person without warning.
3. Always make sure your tires have enough tread and they are properly inflated.
4. Always have about a half tank of gas in your car.
5. Avoid using the parking break as a handbrake on snow and ice.
6. Don’t use the cruise control function when driving on snow, ice and wet surfaces.
7. If you lose traction on snow or ice, steer in the direction you want to go.
8. Put your seat belt on every time you get into your vehicle.
9. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition, and your wiper fluid is topped off.
10. Pack extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, coats, and a blanket), food, water, and emergency kit in your vehicle in the event you get stranded.
Most importantly, at any time of year, do not drive distracted! Distracted driving is deadly, especially when a driver’s ability to react is compromised by road conditions.
Contact an experienced Indianapolis car accident attorney at Pavlack Law, LLC.
If you have the unfortunate experience of being involved in a wintertime car accident, call the attorneys at Pavlack Law 317-251-1100 for a free consultation. We will see that you receive the maximum compensation allowed under Indiana law.