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Driving safely in winter weather conditions

Motorists in Nevada may not see as much snow as some other parts of the country do during the winter months. Even so, it never hurts to be prepared for changing weather and road conditions. This is why the American Automobile Association (AAA) offers several helpful tips for diligent drivers looking to reduce their personal injury risk when driving in severe conditions that may include slick spots and/or reduced visibility caused by freezing rain, snow, and ice.

Before hitting the road, drivers are advised to avoid driving fatigued and warming up their vehicle in an enclosed space. Winter car accidents may also be avoided by not using the parking brake in cold, rainy, or snowy weather and not using cruise control on slippery surfaces. During long-distance winter trips, AAA recommends delaying trips if there are reports of bad weather. If this isn’t possible, they suggest that drivers let friends or loved ones know their route and expected arrival time. Bringing emergency supplies such as blankets, gloves, water, food, and a cellphone is also recommended.

When driving at night in winter weather, AAA suggests leaving the dome light on since it will make it easier for rescuers to spot drivers needing assistance. If stuck and still keeping the engine on to run the heater, drivers are advised to make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow to avoid carbon monoxide issues. When driving in snow, accelerating and decelerating slowly can make it easier to maintain and regain traction. When manipulating hills, getting some inertia going on a flat road before starting and not accelerating may make it easier to safely reach the top.

Should an accident occur involving winter weather conditions, an attorney may be able to review or obtain evidence to determine if negligence on the part of another driver might have been a contributing factor. If this is the case, it may be possible to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost time from work, and pain and suffering. A lawyer might also assist drivers having insurance problems when attempting to get reimbursed for car damage related to a winter driving accident caused by another party.

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