Staying Safe in Colorado’s Winter Weather

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Staying Safe in Colorado's Winter Weather

An estimated 800 people die each year throughout the United States in car accidents that are caused by sleet, freezing rain, and snow, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that the number of car accident-related deaths were consistently higher in areas that routinely receive heavy snowfall and other winter weather conditions.

Headed by a scientist from the University of Georgia, this study is the first of its kind in terms of contrasting the actual death count with the projected rate according to weather patterns and total population.  

In New York state between 1975 and 2011, 2,767 victims were killed in car crashes during sleet, freezing rain, or snowfall, asserts the study. The city of New York had substantially lower death rates than any area of upstate New York. Researchers hypothesized that metropolitan areas have reduced rates of car accident-related deaths due to the fact that a lot of people opt to use mass transit, such as buses and subways, particularly during inclement wintery weather.

Counties in Central New York had death rates that were much higher than anticipated. For example, Onondaga County experienced 1.43 actual fatalities for every anticipated death. Oswego County had a shocking 4.7 fatalities for every anticipated death, making it one of the highest rates in the state of New York.

Wintertime is the most dangerous season for driving. Listed below are a few friendly suggestions for staying safe while you drive in Colorado this winter. Staying Safe in Colorado's Winter Weather

How to Stay Safe During the Winter

  • Stop Correctly – Your car probably comes equipped with an antilock braking system. Anti-lock brakes are effective in emergency conditions, such as conditions where a driver might be inclined to stomp on their brakes. Anti-lock brakes prevent your tires from locking, resulting in your car skidding out of control after you brake too hard.
  • Speed Up and Slow Down Gradually – When the streets are slippery, it is safest to depress the gas pedal very gradually and try to avoid unexpected stopping. Be patient when slowing down or speeding up. 
  • Don’t Follow Too Closely – Not leaving enough distance between the front of your car and the back of the car ahead of you is a very risky maneuver during inclement winter weather. It takes more time to come to a complete stop when the roadways are slippery or wet. 
  • Avoid Using Gas on Hills  – Sustaining a constant momentum is much safer than attempting to speed up when driving along roadways that are snow-covered and/or icy. It is important that your tires maintain traction.  
  • Pay Attention Behind the Wheel – Always stay alert behind the wheel. It is literally a matter of life and death. Safe driving during the wintertime includes paying strict attention to what is going on around you. Do not, under any circumstances, allow your music, your cell phone, or any other disturbance, pull your attention away from the roadway.
  • Avoid Using Cruise Control – Applying your vehicle’s cruise control while you are driving in slick winter road conditions can swiftly cause a terrible accident.
  • Know Your Car’s Drive Type – You need to know if your car has front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive. Each one of these three different drives works in its own unique way. If you have a front-wheel-drive car, the weight of your engine is immediately on top of the driving wheels. This is ideal for wintery road conditions due to the fact that it provides greater traction, and, therefore, decreases your chances of spinning out. Rear-wheel drive vehicles are the least optimal for winter driving.
  • Keep Up With Your Car’s Upkeep – There are more than a few fundamental maintenance tasks that will go a long way towards preparing your car for dependable driving all winter long. A big one is to ensure that your windshield wipers are in good functioning order and are able to clean off your windshield of any ice and/or snow. Make certain that you keep an ice scraper in your car. Examine the tread on all four of your car’s tires. Balding tires are far more prone to losing traction under snowy or icy road conditions. Your taillights and headlights should be providing you with as much visibility as possible. 
  • Make Sure Your Gas Tank Stays Full – The last thing you want to have happen is to run out of gas while you are stuck in traffic on a long, icy stretch of road. Throughout the winter season, be sure to top off your fuel anytime it approaches the halfway point. This will guarantee that you won’t run out of gas should bad winter weather hit your area.
  • Inspect Your Outside Mirrors For Ice – Examine your car’s outside mirrors. If you notice that any ice is beginning to settle on them, it tells you that ice is also settling on the roadways. Exercise extreme caution.
  • Stay Off the Roads If You Can – The absolute best way to keep safe throughout the harsh Colorado winter is to drive as little as possible. If it is possible for you to keep off the roadways, then do so. Do not wantonly drive through the snow and ice. 

Reliable Legal Representation

If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of another person’s distracted driving or other negligent behavior, then you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for damages. You need a reputable personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these kinds of cases. 

If you are seeking legal representation for a pending lawsuit and you want an attorney who is esteemed, qualified, and knowledgeable in handling these sorts of injury cases, then the personal injury attorneys at the Injury Victim Law offices are just who you’re looking for.

If you would like a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys regarding a case you feel you may have, we are here to help. Please reach out to us by calling (800) 245-2774 to schedule your appointment for your free consultation today.

 

 

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