While snow is generally contained to the higher elevations, San Diego drivers
must still contend with winter driving hazards. The heavy wind and rain
we experienced a few weeks ago is just the latest example.
To stay safe this winter and avoid a San Diego car accident, we encourage
all drivers to be prepared and drive cautiously, particularly in inclement
weather. Below are a few tips:
Check your tire pressure: Tire pressure is important because traction declines in wet conditions.
Also, a properly inflated tire will help protect against wheel damage
that might occur as the vehicle drives over potholes.
Inspect the wipers and check wiper fluid: Visibility is often compromised in the winter by rain and reduced daylight.
Wipers blades should be replaced at least once a year.
Verify major systems are working: Test your brakes, defroster, heater, and exhaust system to make sure
they are functioning properly before you hit the road. If your vehicle
is equipped with a four-wheel drive system, make sure anyone who will
be driving knows how to engage it properly.
Slow down and leave room: Hydroplaning often leads to accidents on wet roadways. To avoid losing
control of your vehicle, it is imperative to reduce your speed as well
as the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
If you feel the vehicle sliding, turn your steering wheel in the direction
of the skid. As you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
Avoid distractions: Challenging driving conditions require your complete attention. Avoid
using your cell phone or engaging in any other activity that diverts your
eyes or your attention from the roadway.
Carry an emergency kit: In earthquake-prone California, this is a good idea for winter and the
rest of the year. You may want to include a flashlight, flares, first-aid
kit, jumper cables, tool kit, tire chains, warm clothes, blanket, and
extra food and water.
prepared in snow country: Always carry chains that are the proper size for your tires and make
sure you know how to install them correctly. Slow down when approaching
snow plows and allow t plenty of room for them to work.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a
San Diego car accident, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.