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 conditions:
- 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.