Although winter does not officially begin until December 21, winter weather has already struck Minnesota. December snow storms brought nearly a foot of snow to some regions. In some places, the snow fell at a rate of nearly one inch per hour. During this first major snow storm, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to more than 400 crashes throughout the state and reported that 45 of these accidents involved injuries.
Because Minnesota’s winter weather can cause treacherous driving conditions, practicing safe winter driving habits can save your life. The best way to remain safe in treacherous winter conditions is to avoid driving when possible. If you must drive, make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the road conditions. It is a good idea to have a mechanic check out your vehicle to ensure that it is equipped to handle severe winter weather.
To avoid gas line freeze, keep your gas tank at least half full throughout the winter. Stock your vehicle with essential winter safety items such as a scraper and brush, flashlight, extra batteries, road flares, warm clothing and blankets.
Keep your headlights on at all times to increase your visibility. Slow down and leave yourself extra space behind the car in front of you. If you need to brake, brake softly. If you slam on your brakes while driving on icy roads, you risk skidding or losing control of your vehicle. Bring a fully charged cell phone with you in case of an emergency.
Unfortunately, some car accidents are unavoidable. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Minneapolis, MN law firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben immediately. Our personal injury attorneys are skilled at representing victims of car crashes, helping them receive full compensation for the damage suffered because of the accident. Call toll-free at 1-800-752-4265 or locally at 612-377-7777 to schedule a free consultation.