During the winter months, you may have to contend with roads covered in snow or ice while traveling through Connecticut. Although slippery roads may increase the risk of a crash, there are things that you can do to ensure that you get to work, school or other destinations safely.
Check your tires
Tires that are not adequately inflated may not grip road surfaces even in dry conditions. When roads are covered in ice and snow, it may be impossible for tires that aren’t sufficiently inflated to get traction needed to stay in the proper lane. You should also check to ensure that tires are not damaged or otherwise defective before leaving home.
Inspect other key systems
You will need more room to stop on icy or snowy roads because of the poor traction that your tires will have. However, it may be difficult to stop or slow down quickly if your car’s brakes aren’t working well. You might also increase your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident if you can’t see because the headlights are dull or because the windshield is covered in ice or frost.
It may be necessary to drive slower than the posted speed limit on a given road or highway to avoid sliding or skidding into another object. Therefore, you may need to leave for your destination earlier than usual to ensure you can get there on time and without harming anyone. If possible, wait until after the snow has stopped falling or after roads have been treated before venturing out.
If you are hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to receive compensation. This may help to pay medical bills, recoup lost wages or allow you to repair your vehicle. However, you are only entitled to financial compensation if you can prove that another person or entity is responsible for causing the wreck. Driving without regard for road conditions may prove that a defendant’s negligence led to a wreck.