The cold winter months are often accompanied by dangerous, slippery conditions on our New Jersey highways and roadways, bringing increased risk to drivers. Before getting behind the wheel, it is very important your vehicle is properly maintained, especially in the wintertime. This includes making sure your tires have enough traction to grip the road, and are properly inflated. Worn tires and improper tread, especially in slippery conditions, will significantly increase your chances of getting into an accident. Also, you must keep your car/truck battery properly charged, have windshield wipers in good condition and wiper fluid topped off, keep a full-tank of gas whenever possible, and keep an emergency road kit in your trunk (jumper cables, flashlight/extra batteries, flares and/or reflectors, first aid kit, blanket, shovel, bag of sand, and a toolkit). Defensive driving and staying alert are critical, as the other cars and trucks are also trying to maintain control and traction when the roads are unsafe. Unfortunately, truck accidents can have serious, devastating and lifelong consequences.
Other Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe are:
• Clear off the snow and ice before driving – it’s the law! In 2009, a law was enacted that New Jersey motorists must remove snow/ice from their vehicle’s hood, roof, trunk and windshields before driving. Failure to do so can cause accidents and serious injuries to both yourself and others should ice or snow become dislodged from your truck or car. Motorists who fail to comply face significant fines http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/ice-and-snow.html.
• Be extra cautious driving after a sudden drop in temperatures.
• Bridges and overpasses freeze quicker than roadways.
• Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other cars/trucks.
• Areas of the road that appear to be wet could actually be black ice – a major cause of accidents.
Sometimes, road defects can create black ice due to improper drainage.
Car accidents during wintertime can cause serious injuries or result in wrongful death. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury, it is vitally important to seek immediate medical assistance. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to hold another party responsible for your accident.
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