A car accident only takes a couple of moments to change a person’s life forever. Catastrophic injuries can quickly leave a victim with thousands of dollars in medical expenses and other costs. There is no guarantee that the road you are on in Ohio is safe, which is why it is so important to take the necessary precautions while driving. Here are five ways you can protect yourself and others on the road this winter:
Have a proper road safety kit
A road safety kit should be able to help you in any situation. Make sure your kit has blankets and gloves to help on winter nights, road flares to keep others from hitting you on the side of the road, and a first aid kit to treat injuries while waiting for an ambulance.
Do not speed
Going too fast on icy roads can quickly turn into you losing control of your vehicle. If you are speeding when you hit a patch of ice, it can limit the time you have to come to a complete stop and worsen the results of any collision you get into.
Have proper tires
Summer tires often are not capable of handling icy winter roads. You may think all tires are the same, but winter tires are much more capable of helping you through poor road conditions, so switch to a winter set of tires – or at least a year-round set – before the snow falls.
Use your headlights
The night is not the only time to use your headlights. You should use your headlights in any low visibility condition, like snow, rain, fog, or haze. They are not only for helping you see the road; they also alert other drivers to your presence when they may not have seen you otherwise.
Watch out for reckless drivers
When other drivers are not taking dangerous road conditions seriously, they become a danger to themselves and everyone around them. Allow these drivers to pass you and gain a good distance ahead of you so that you can keep an eye on them and avoid any accidents they may cause.
Do not take your safety for granted
Even the most experienced drivers can get into an accident on winter roads. Take a few extra precautions to ensure you and your passengers get to your destination safely.