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Keys to safe winter driving

Winter is upon us and that means more dangers than usual for Ohio's motorists. As we recently discussed, slippery road conditions can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents, as was the case in a recent 50-car pileup on Interstate 275.

Slippery roads will always be dangerous but there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and any passengers in your vehicle. Make note of these tips for the next time you find yourself on the highway this winter.

First, slow down. Watching your speed is essential for many reasons. It allows you to leave more speed between your car and the one ahead of you. In addition, if you do lose control and become involved in a collision, serious injury is less likely to result if you're driving slowly.

Similarly, take it slow when you're trying to stop. Even if you have anti-lock brakes, the safest way to come to a stop on winter roads is to pump the brake slowly.

When it's cold and snowy outside, the temptation is strong to just give your windshield a quick brush-off to clear the necessary snow. But even if you're in a hurry, you shouldn't stop there. Brush off your headlights to ensure you have enough visibility and clear the top of your car so snow doesn't fall onto your windows and obstruct your view.

The right equipment is also essential for winter safety. Make sure your windshield wipers, snow chains, tires and brakes are all in good working order. You'll rely on these once the nasty weather sets in.

Unfortunately, even the most careful and vigilant driver can be left vulnerable if other motorists are negligent. If you or someone you love have been injured in an accident caused by someone's failure to adjust to winter conditions, consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you protect your rights.

Source: Injured, "7 Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe," Deanna Katz, Dec. 10, 2013

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