Both car and truck drivers will have to successfully navigate snowy and icy roads all across Illinois this winter. Unfortunately, driving in poor weather can lead to devastating collisions and serious injuries.
The best way to avoid a truck accident is to simply stay at home. While this might be the simplest solution, it’s probably not always possible. People will have to drive to work, to daycare, to school or run essential errands for the household. When you are driving in wintry conditions, however, there are a few tips you can remember to stay safe on the road, including:
- Vehicle maintenance: Staying safe starts with the vehicle itself. Make sure your tires are not too worn and they are set at the correct air pressure. Additionally, take the time to visit a mechanic to check the brakes and top off all fluids. You should make sure to fill up the gas tank whenever possible.
- Clean off your car: Snow and ice can build up along all surfaces of the vehicle. From the windshield to the roof and headlights, drivers are wise to remove as much of this buildup as possible. From increasing visibility through clean windows to preventing chunks of snow from flying off your roof and into the roadway as you drive, taking the extra time to clear off your car increases road safety.
- Drive defensively: Defensive driving is akin to hyper-alertness. You are aware of your surroundings and can act to defend your own safety. This can mean increasing your stopping distance and avoiding any sort of driving distraction while behind the wheel.
Vehicle collisions can amplify in the winter months. Safe driving techniques might not be enough to help you avoid a serious truck crash.