While winter weather is a staple of northern states, Georgia is no stranger to icy roads or blizzard conditions either. And while winter usually brings carols and eggnog, it can also bring dangerous weather conditions. It’s impossible to completely remove the risk of driving in winter weather, but there are a few steps drivers can take to be better prepared for the storm.

An easy way to avoid a weather-related vehicle accident is to stay out of winter weather entirely. Weather predictions aren’t perfect, but they can give drivers a fair understanding of incoming inclement weather. Drivers can protect themselves by waiting out a storm or choosing a route that is less likely to be affected.

One major cause of winter vehicle crashes is improperly maintained cars. Drivers should take care to maintain important vehicle systems that can be affected by winter weather. These include the ignition, brakes, spark plugs, battery, and tires. Finally, drivers should take steps to prepare for collisions in winter weather that could leave them stranded in the snow. No one wants to get stuck in the elements, but it is always a good idea to be prepared. That means keeping the necessary equipment in your vehicle to stay warm and safe in instances where you are stranded in the cold. This includes equipment like spare tires, tow chains, first aid kits, blankets, and road flares. Being prepared for a crash can keep a bad situation from getting worse.

All the preparation in the world can’t eliminate the possibility of a vehicle crash. If a driver is injured in a collision due to the negligence of another person, they may be entitled to compensation. This can come in the form of lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and vehicle repair bills. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help that driver collect the compensation they are entitled to.