Massachusetts drivers are used to horrible commutes. In fact, the Boston Globe found that the problem has been getting worse, and many Boston drivers believe the traffic in their city is worse than anywhere else in the country. As winter approaches, seasoned Massachusetts drivers understand that commuting will become even more awful – and dangerous.
Winter Driving Dangers
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, winter traffic fatalities peak in December, with the highest concentration of deaths around Christmas. Because roads become wet and icy, be cautious and travel at reduced speeds in the winter. The safest place to drive in a snowstorm is a safe distance behind a plow. Be sure to leave space behind a plow as they travel slowly and make frequent stops.
Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather
Early December is a good time to prepare your car for a safe winter driving experience. Check and top off fluids in your car like windshield wiper fluid, oil, and antifreeze to prevent your engine from freezing or other preventable issues. Pack your car with emergency supplies including a shovel, an ice scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight, emergency warning devices, blankets, a cell phone charger, food, water, and any necessary medicine. In addition, many people add snow tires and all-weather mats to cars during the winter. Tires should always be inspected before installation and installed by a professional – improper installation increases the risk of accidents. Floor mats should be sized based on manufacturer recommendations and secured by retention clips in the floor. If your car is stuck in snow, floor mats can be placed behind tires for extra traction.
The personal injury attorneys at SUGARMAN have extensive experience handling cases involving winter driving. If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To speak to a SUGARMAN partner regarding your potential case, call us at (617) 542-1000, or email email@example.com.