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The three P’s of safe winter driving

Winter driving presents a significant risk for motorists countrywide and while Louisiana winters are relatively mild, wintry conditions can still occur and take drivers by surprise. The possibility of icy roads, snowfall and fluctuating temperatures demand heightened attention and preparedness. As such, it helps to take proactive measures to minimize the likelihood of a crash.

Understanding the three P’s—Prepare, Protect and Prevent—can significantly enhance your safety and that of other road users during this season. Below is a more detailed explanation.

Prepare: Equip yourself and your vehicle

Ensure your vehicle is winter-ready before hitting the road. Regularly check the pressure, battery health, and brakes, among other crucial components. Remember to pack an emergency kit comprising essentials like blankets, warning devices, a flashlight, non-perishable food, water, a shovel and a first aid kit.

It also helps to stay updated on weather forecasts and road conditions. Plan your route well ahead of the journey while factoring in weather-related delays.

Protect: Drive defensively and responsibly

Prioritize your safety by buckling up and using child safety seats properly. Adapt your driving style to winter conditions. Do not speed and increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead to allow for safe braking on icy or snow-covered roads and avoid skidding. Use headlights even during the day for improved visibility and keep a safe distance from snow plows and sanding trucks.

Prevent: Exercise caution and awareness

Do not drink and drive. It’s never going to end well. Also, get plenty of rest in between long drives and avoid distractions. The aim is to be fully attentive to what’s happening around you. Do not engage in sudden maneuvers like rapid lane challenges or harsh braking to avoid the risk of losing control on slippery surfaces.

Embracing these three P’s can offer a comprehensive guide to safer winter driving, but accidents still happen at the end of the day despite taking the utmost care. In the unfortunate event of a winter-related accident, seeking legal guidance becomes essential. It can empower you to assert your legal rights, hold the negligent party accountable and recover the compensation you deserve.