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Driving tips for a safe winter

Winter is coming, and Kentucky drivers will soon have to contend with slippery roads on a regular basis. Federal statistics show that snow and ice are contributing factors in over 1,300 deaths and nearly 117,000 injuries on U.S roads each year. However, according to traffic safety experts, there are several winter driving tips people can follow to reduce their risk of accidents during inclement weather.

Slowing down and leaving extra space between vehicles are two of the most important things people can do when driving in snowy, icy or slushy conditions. By lowering their speed and keeping their distance from other cars, drivers can give themselves more time to react and recover from slides and spin-outs. Another important tip is for drivers to properly prepare their vehicles for winter weather by making sure their tires, fluid levels and battery are in good working condition. They should also clean their headlights and windshields to ensure optimum visibility while on the road.

Meanwhile, drivers should take the time to practice handling their car in slippery conditions while in a safe environment, such as an empty parking lot. This can help them avoid panic and recover if their car ever begins to slide on the road. Drivers can also help avoid spin-outs by not stopping unless they have to. This can be achieved by anticipating green lights and using momentum to get up icy hills and inclines. Finally, drivers should stock their vehicles with emergency items like an extra coat, blankets, gloves, snacks, water, jumper cables, a spare tire and jack, reflectors and things that can increase traction, like tire chains or kitty litter.

An attorney might be able to help individuals who have been injured in snow-related motor vehicle accidents. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, it may be possible to obtain a settlement that covers medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property loss and more.

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