Winter is almost here, and inclement weather can lead to dangerous conditions on Georgia roads. However, by following some winter driving trips, drivers can significantly reduce their risk of getting into an accident.

Vehicle maintenance is a very important part of safe driving. Drivers should make sure their tires are properly inflated, their windshield wiper fluid is topped off and their battery is in good condition before they hit the road. People should also remember to never warm up their vehicle in an enclosed space, such as a garage, and to always keep their gas tank half full to prevent the gas line from freezing up.

When roads are wet, snow-covered or both, drivers should travel slowly and remember to leave plenty of distance between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead of them. Drivers should also accelerate and decelerate slowly to avoid skidding or sliding. If a driver becomes snow-bound, traffic safety experts recommend that he or she stay with the vehicle, which provides shelter. Experts also recommend that stranded drivers tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place it in a window to help rescuers locate the vehicle. Drivers should also make sure the vehicle’s exhaust pipe isn’t blocked by snow or ice. A blocked exhaust pipe can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning when the engine is turned on for warmth.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents often suffer severe injuries that leave them unable to work for weeks or months following the crash. In some cases, victims are left permanently disabled. In order to recover medical expenses and lost wages, it may be necessary for victims to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party who caused the accident. An attorney might help file the claim and work to negotiate a fair settlement.

Source: AAA, “Winter Driving Tips,” Nov. 2, 2018