Roads in Chicago and throughout Illinois can become covered in ice and snow during the winter months. It’s also possible that you’ll have to contend with falling, blowing or drifting snow while traveling to work, school or other destinations. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can reduce your risk of a crash while navigating potentially hazardous roads and highways.
Give yourself more time
Leaving home a few minutes earlier than normal allows you more leeway to drive at speeds that are safe for road conditions. When roads are covered in ice or snow, it becomes harder for your car’s tires to make contact with the asphalt. Therefore, you may be at a greater risk of sliding or skidding even if you’re traveling below the posted speed limit. Poor road conditions may also make it harder to stop or slow down, which could increase your risk of a crash if you’re driving too aggressively.
Maintain your vehicle
Your car may be less likely to slide off of the road if its tires are properly inflated and free of damage. Furthermore, your car may be less likely to get into a crash if others can see it because the exterior lights work properly. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the windshield wipers are in good condition so that they don’t cause streaks while in use and make it harder to see where you’re going.
Wait until the roads are clear
If possible, it may be best to wait until after the roads are plowed or treated. This may reduce your risk of a motor vehicle accident because your vehicle will have more traction and because other cars and trucks are less likely to slide or skid out of their lanes with little or no warning.
If you are involved in a crash this winter, you may be entitled to a financial award to help pay costs incurred as the result of another person’s negligence. Negligent acts may include driving too fast for road conditions or failing to adequately maintain a car or truck.