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Adjusting your driving to winter conditions

As winter approaches, drivers in Delaware have more safety issues to consider. The changes in weather can create wet or icy roads and lower visibility. In addition, drivers who aren’t prepared for these changes could become hazards themselves by not adjusting to the conditions.

Watch your speed

Driving the maximum speed limit or a few miles over is not a good idea during the winter. You never know when there may be an icy patch, so you should be careful with the gas pedal. Rainy conditions can also lower visibility and create a risk of hydroplaning. To avoid accidents and personal injury claims, drive a little slower than usual during inclement weather.

Maintain a safe following distance

While it’s always smart to maintain an appropriate following distance behind other vehicles, this is even more important to do during the winter. You may want to increase your following distance during the winter just in case a slick road makes stopping more difficult. A safe following distance is important to prevent a rear-end collision if the driver in front of you has to slam on their brakes.

Get your vehicle a checkup

Broken windshield wipers, worn tires and other vehicle issues could be incredibly dangerous during the winter. As you get closer to winter, it may be a great time to get your vehicle a checkup. Most oil change services come with a free inspection, so getting an oil change might be a good idea.

Liability for winter car accidents

A negligent driver might try to blame weather conditions for an accident that they caused. However, drivers are responsible for adjusting their speed and headlights to the current conditions. If you were injured in a car accident during inclement weather, you may want to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.