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The link between winter weather and motor vehicle accidents

Winter has arrived here in Ohio, and you probably spent some time pulling out winter clothing, including coats, hats and gloves. You may have tested your heating system to make sure it would work and cleaned out your fireplace, if you have one.

Did you also prepare your vehicle for winter driving? Have you reviewed in your mind how to adjust your driving for inclement weather conditions? If not, now would be the time to do it. Approximately one out of every four weather-related accidents occurs on snow, ice or slush covered roads.

Is your vehicle ready for winter weather?

It's time to put your winter weather gear back into your vehicle. Extra blankets, water and perhaps some food may seem like paranoia, but they could save your life. You will also need some salt, an ice scraper and a snow shovel just to be safe. It's never more important than in the winter to keep your gas tank at least half-full. You never know when you will be stuck on a highway or stranded and need to use the heater.

You can't drive safely if you can't see. If you need new windshield wipers, now would be a good time to replace them. You may also want to invest in some good windshield washer fluid to keep the snow and ice at a minimum on your windshield. Of course, your tires need attention as well. After all, they are what keep you on the road. If they need air or replacing, you wouldn't want to find that out on an icy road.

Are you ready to drive in winter weather?

In a perfect world, no one would have to drive on slick, snowy, icy or slushy roads. If the demands of your daily life require you to drive regardless of the weather, you may want to take a moment to remind yourself of some of the driving adjustments you can make to get to your destination safely. Actions as simple as turning on your headlights and clearing the snow and ice off your vehicle could save your life.

While driving, keeping your speed appropriate for the road conditions and remembering that bridges tend to be ice skating rinks for vehicles could go a long way toward keeping you safe. While it's true that you can't control other drivers, you can do your best to avoid becoming a statistic regarding weather-related crashes. If another vehicle does crash into yours, you may be able to pursue compensation from the driver who failed to prepare.

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