Folks in the South don’t generally have to deal with a lot of ice and snow on the roads, so the surprise winter weather that’s hitting a broad part of the United States — including Alabama — can be a cause for concern.
The snow may come, but life doesn’t stop. Therefore, you need to know how to handle the drive to work, the store or anywhere else you need to go.
How do you travel safely on winter roads?
Here are some guidelines to follow when snowy weather hits:
- Stay home: If you can, cancel your plans or see if you can work remotely for a day or two so you can stay off the roads. If a trip isn’t essential, don’t take it.
- Leave early: You are going to encounter problems on the road, even if it’s just a few panicky drivers. Give yourself extra time so you aren’t even tempted to rush.
- Clear off the car: This includes the roof and your hood. If you don’t, the snow that has piled up can unexpectedly end up blowing on to your windshield and obscuring your view.
- Skip the distractions: Turn off your cellphone, turn down the radio and keep your eyes on the road. You need to concentrate solely on driving.
- Slow down: Drive like you are carrying something fragile in the car and you’re worried about breaking it. Speed is one of your worst enemies on the ice or snow.
- Leave space: Don’t crowd other drivers. Give yourself roughly twice the space you normally do between your bumper and the bumper of the car in front of you.
Naturally, even doing all of these things guarantees that you won’t be in a car crash (with the exception of staying home), but it does decrease the possibility.
What if another driver hits you?
Some drivers don’t have the sense to slow down and use extra caution when the roads are bad. If you end up in a crash with a negligent or distracted driver, it’s important to remember that you have a right to seek compensation for your losses. An experienced attorney can offer guidance and advocate for your needs.