Now that it is officially winter, Nevada drivers will be seeing cold and
rainy conditions in the coming months. With rain in the forecast this
week for Las Vegas and more bad driving weather ahead, we at Shook &
Stone would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to be cautious
on the road!
According to the captain of the highway patrol in Reno,
138 highway accidents occurred over a three-day stretch the week before Christmas due to snow and ice
on the roads. There were over
50 more accidents in outlying areas. In the interest of keeping drivers safe and avoiding
preventable collisions, we have put together this list of things to remember
about driving in adverse weather conditions.
We advise you to consider these precautions for driving wet, icy, or snowy
Perform a maintenance check on your vehicle before driving it in winter weather. This means checking the windshield wipers and wiper fluid tank, attaching
tire chains (if driving somewhere with snow), checking the tread on your
tires, and ensuring that your defroster and all headlights and taillights
are in working order.
Leave plenty of following distance between your car and the car ahead of you. This will give you more time to react in case you need to brake quickly
and will minimize your chances of skidding into a rear-end collision.
Slow down! If the roadway is wet, icy, or snowy, it is not safe to drive the same
speed as you normally would. Reducing your speed will decrease your chances
of losing control of your vehicle.
Don’t use cruise control. This system may work great in sunny Nevada weather, but it can be dangerous
when the roadways are slick. When you are fully in control of your vehicle’s
speed, you will be better able to control it.
Feel yourself hydroplaning? Don’t panic! Continue to steer your vehicle in the direction you want it to go and
avoid slamming on the brake. This will only make the situation worse.
As drivers, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are driving safely
for current weather conditions and that we maintain control of our vehicles
no matter what it looks like outside. With the above tips in mind, remember
that above all, pay attention to the road and the people around you. It
could save a life!
If you have been injured in a
car accident, you may be able to file a negligence claim against a driver who was not
driving appropriately for adverse weather conditions.
Consult with a Las Vegas car accident lawyer at our firm for free to see if you have a case: (888) 662-2013.