Tips for Driving in Georgia This Winter
Georgia will likely experience some cold temperatures, ice, and snow in parts of the state. As winter intensifies, the car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, want to be sure you know how to drive safely in the snow and ice. We also want to urge you to prepare your vehicles for these conditions. The following is a look at winter driving safety tips offered by the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Before Setting Off on the Road
It is especially important to make sure your car is in good working order during the winter months, as a break down in the cold and ice can be stressful and potentially even dangerous. Start off the winter right by having your car serviced by a mechanic and checked for any potential issues, including leaks, worn hoses, worn tires, and more. This preventative step can save you much heartache in the months to come.
Make Sure Car Occupants are Safely Secured
Drivers and passengers alike should always wear their seat belts. Before pulling out of your drive way, check to make sure everyone is buckled up. Slick road conditions increase your risk of accidents, and a seat belt could save your life. Additionally, make sure any young children are secured in age appropriate car or booster seats. Children under the age of two should be rear-facing in a convertible or infant car seat, and older children should remain in a booster seat until the seat belt fits them appropriately.
Cold Weather Driving Essentials
When driving in the winter, stay abreast of any winter weather warnings. Black ice can be a significant problem in parts of Georgia due to the average temperatures. Look for black ice on the pavement ahead, where it is most visible by sheen in the road. Be especially vigilant when traveling over bridges or overpasses, which tend to ice first.
Keep your gas tank full during the winter months in case you become trapped in the snow or a traffic jam. When a winter weather warning is issued, avoid driving if at all possible. If you must drive on icy roads, take your time, plan your route carefully, and watch the road extremely closely for signs of ice or other dangerous conditions.
If you are injured in a car accident this winter, contact an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will assess the accident to uncover whether negligence played a role in the crash. Just because the accident occurred in poor weather does not mean your recovery will be barred. All drivers have the duty to adjust their driving to weather conditions and when they fail to do so, they should be held accountable for their actions.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, the Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our law firm provides essential assistance to accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We have over 35 years of experience and strive to provide you with the outstanding representation you need to mount your strongest case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.