If you're planning a holiday road trip in a snowy climate, you're smart to prepare yourself for the challenges you will face. You know how the roads can get slick after a Las Vegas rainfall; snow, ice and freezing rain can turn roads into a virtual ice rink, making it difficult to handle and maneuver a vehicle.
The most experienced auto accident lawyers in Las Vegas, Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, want you to face these challenges with confidence and remain safe through the holidays. Heed their winter driving tips:
Begin with a maintenance check-up
As Midwesterners are fond of saying, "winterize" your vehicle, either by doing it yourself or taking it to a maintenance shop to check the condition and functionality of the:
- Belts and hoses
- Fluid levels
- Heater and defroster
- Ignition system
- Tires and tire pressure (considering, perhaps, winter tires or tire chains)
- Traction and stability control system
- Wiper blades and windshield washer fluid
Take three other precautions
With your car in peak condition, take a few other precautions to ensure your safety on the road:
- Familiarize yourself with how to operate your car's traction and stability control system. As a rule, it should stay on as you drive on snowy roads. If you become stuck in snow, you might need to turn it off to produce the wheel spin necessary to become unstuck.
- Assemble an emergency kit for your car, if you don't already have one. It should include: blankets, bottled water, extra clothing, extra windshield washer fluid, flares or reflectors, flashlights and batteries, jumper cables, non-perishable food or snacks, sand or pieces of old carpet for traction and a scraper and snow shovel.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times while you're on the road, just in case you're forced to pull over during a winter storm and must keep the car running to stay warm.
Heed winter driving tips
Since driving on wintery roads probably will be a new experience for you, look for an opportunity to practice your defensive driving skills before setting out for a long journey. Pull off into an isolated parking lot and see how differently your car handles. Then keep these tips top-of-mind:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly to give your tires time to gain traction.
- Reduce your speed, posted speed limits are designed with dry roads in mind, not those covered with snow or ice.
- Be especially cautious on bridges, overpasses and exit ramps, which tend to get treacherous first.
- Increase your normal following distance to give you plenty of time to brake.
- Never tailgate – a bad practice when roads are dry and potentially deadly on snowy roads.
- Remain at least 200 feet away from snow plows and salt trucks. Since they tend to drive slower than other vehicles, it may be tempting to try to pass them. Before you do, look first for plows equipped with extended "wing plows" on the side.
- Drive with the headlights on so you remain visible to other motorists.
Contact GGRM, auto accident lawyers in Las Vegas
Despite your best efforts to remain safe on the roads, remember the most trusted auto accident lawyers in Las Vegas are ready to help you if you are involved in an accident. Call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476 and let them put all your worries on ice.