Posted On November 9, 2016 In Local Car Accidents
With temperatures still in the 70’s and 80’s, winter weather may not seem like a pressing concern. The bad news is that winter is coming, and with it, a higher probability of being involved in an auto accident. Officials at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are using the next few weeks to prepare for winter weather hazards. TxDOT has started servicing dump trucks, sanders and other de-icing vehicles in preparation for possible ice storms. Now that TxDOT is preparing, we should do the same. There is a lot you can do to prepare your vehicle for cold weather.
Avoid driving during and after an ice storm. Do not risk it. Iced roads are too dangerous to drive on. Many businesses shut down during these conditions because it is unsafe for their employees to drive.
If for any reason you are forced to drive during freezing weather conditions, TxDOT has suggestions for improving your safety. TxDOT recommends driving at slower speeds. Keep in mind, speed limits are for normal road conditions. This means that driving at 70 miles per hour becomes dangerous as the weather gets colder. Sleet and ice can accumulate on bridges, elevated surfaces and shady areas. TxDOT also recommends to give other drivers three times the normal following distance in case you need to stop. If you receive a warning that roadways ahead are iced, pull over and wait for conditions to improve.
The Texas personal injury attorneys at Mike Love & Associates, LLC encourage you to adopt safe driving practices as winter weather approaches. Holiday weekends are notorious for auto accidents. Please be safe.