In addition to bringing cold weather and shorter days, winter also brings with it the increased risk of personal injury. The combination of winter weather conditions and holiday parties fueled by alcohol leads to an uptick in car accidents and slip and fall incidents.
The most dangerous conditions to be aware of:
- Snow, slush and ice on the roads. Black ice, in particular, is very dangerous because it cannot be seen.
- Many car owners do not equip their vehicles with winter tires or let their tires’ tread become bare.
- Lack of experience or caution while driving in winter conditions
- More darkness decreases visibility
- Winter storms decrease visibility
Couple these weather conditions with crowded roads and inebriated drivers and that is a recipe for disaster. While some of these issues are unavoidable, it’s important to be proactive where possible to avoid personal injury.
- Minimize night driving unless absolutely necessary. It’s harder to see hazards and visibility is lowered.
- Check your tire tread. Bald tires can’t grip on the road well and will leave you more vulnerable to sliding.
- Know your limits. Have you grown up most of your life in Florida and never really seen, let alone driven, in snow and ice? Maybe you aren’t the ideal driver for the day, leave it to those who have more experience navigating in winter weather conditions.
Stay safe out there and everyone has a wonderful holiday!
Despite the warm weather we’ve enjoyed lately, winter is still coming. With the cold and its hazards right around the corner, now is the best time to get yourself prepared!
Here are your Winter Safety Kit essentials, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- Flashlight, plus extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- First Aid Kit
- Bottled water
- Multi-tool (such as a Leatherman Tool or a Swiss Army Knife)
- Road flares or reflective warning triangles
The Winter Essentials:
- Ice scraper
- Collapsible or folding snow shovel
- A bag of sand to help with traction (or bag of kitty litter)
- Hat, warm clothes
- Hand warmers
- Small fire extinguisher
- Tire gauge to check inflation pressure
- Jack and lug wrench
- Gloves, rags, hand cleaner (such as baby wipes)
- Duct tape
- Foam tire sealant for minor tire punctures
- Rain poncho
- Nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter
- Battery– or hand-crank–powered radio
- Spare change and cash
Making sure your care is stocked and ready can make a winter road issue for from disastrous to mildly annoying. And remember, if you find yourself the victim of an accident, call The Brothers in Law to get you what you deserve, 757-319-4085.
Being in an accident can be a very stressful event. In order to take a bit of the stress out of it, we’ve compiled our checklist for what to do when you’re in an accident.
Follow These Steps:
- Call the police.
- Seek medical attention if necessary.
- Contact Huffman & Huffman immediately – 757-319-4085
- Take photos of the damage.
- If possible, write down witness names and telephone numbers.
- Keep copies of medical records, bills and notes of related expenses.
MOST IMPORTANT: Do not give any information to the other person’s insurance company.
If you’ve been in an accident, call Huffman & Huffman at 757-319-4085.
Thanksgiving is over and that means winter is just around the corner. While Hampton Roads is by no means a snow magnet, we are pretty much guaranteed at least a little of the white stuff every year and plenty of ice throughout the season. Of course, the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. If you must go out during poor weather conditions, here are some of our tips for winter weather driving.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions.
Here are a few tips for winter weather driving safety on icy/snowy roads:
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
- Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
- Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
It’s no secret that your phone can be distracting when on the road, but what if your phone could curb bad driving behavior too? These free RoadSafety Mobile Apps have great ratings on iOS or Android. They are sure to help you keep your eyes on the road and away from that text, email, phone call or comment:
LifeSaver (Free, iOS)
With a 4-Star rating in the app store, the LifeSaver app is guaranteed to help parents monitor their teen’s distracted driving. It only allows Navigation, Google Maps, and hands-free calling to work when the app is in use. It notifies a loved one when their teen is driving and when they arrive at their destination. Parents can also set up monthly rewards if their teen is driving safely, such as iTunes.
EverDrive (Free, iOS & Android)
EverDrive monitors driving habits and delivers diagnostics for review. Scores can be improved when the driver improves. The app picks up on driving patterns over time, so scores won’t be affected when in the passenger seat. Top drivers can win prizes, including $50,000 in scholarships.
Vodafone-saveLIFE Road Safe (Free, Android)
This app will automatically disable notifications when driving speed is over 10kmph. The Road Safe app also has Road Safety tips and information on traffic fines and offenses. There’s also a one-touch dial for emergency services,
Down for the Count (Free, iOS)
This app rewards drivers with gift cards and coupons for NOT using their phone, even as a passenger. A friend purchases the gift card and they’re earned after a certain time of no cell-phone use while driving.
OneTap (Free, Android)
OneTap will detect driving and then blocks notifications like calls and texts. If there is an incoming call or text, the app will notify others by text that you’re behind the wheel.
We hope these apps can help keep you safer on the road. However, if you do ever find yourself the victim of an accident, call The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.