We are keeping our fingers crossed for a white Christmas here in Ottawa. If you are out on the roads today, you may think it’s possible. There is snow on the ground and even ice in some places. It’s made driving conditions for last minute shoppers somewhat challenging. With the ice on the roads, inevitably there is an increase in cars that are skidding and more accidents are occurring as a result of icy road conditions. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers would like to offer up the following safety driving tips to help increase your chance of avoiding an accident this holiday season.
- Install snow tires.
- Have your vehicle tuned up and inspected before winter.
- Always clear your car: windows, mirrors, headlights and roof.
- Slow down when driving conditions are not optimal.
- Leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. It is often recommended leaving at least 2 chevrons between vehicles.
- Slow down before making any turns.
- Allow for greater stopping distance.
- Always drive with at least a half tank of gas in case you ever get lost.
- Don’t panic if your vehicle starts to skid. Remain calm.
- Drive with your headlights on.
- Never drive distracted or tired.
- Obey the speed limits.
- Always travel with booster cables, should you ever need them.
- If conditions are poor and you can stay home, do !
Ottawa accident lawyers suggest the following safety kit:
Having an emergency kit on hand in your vehicle is also recommended and may save a life or at the very least, keep you more comfortable if your vehicle quits. The following items are suggested :
- Battery booster cables
- First aid kit
- Basic tools such as scissors, pliers, wrench, screwdriver and knife
- Warm blankets
- Extra hats, socks, boots, and mittens
- Bag of sand or salt
- Phone and a battery back-up
Driving in snowy and icy conditions can be challenging; however by adjusting slightly and being aware of the conditions, accidents can be reduced. Our Ottawa injury team wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. Please drive safely and enjoy your time with family and friends. If you are travelling to visit others, please take a moment and prepare properly for your trip and arrive safely to your destination. Happy holidays Ottawa !