Winter brings more than a change of weather. There are hazards associated with winter driving that should give Illinois commuters some concerns. Those who do not make adjustments for hazardous road conditions, such as reduced light from the changeover to standard time, could face a civil lawsuit if an accident happens.
Winter driving conditions
Drivers could find themselves caught in a snowstorm while traveling. Staying off the road could be the right decision when the weather turns inclement. However, driving in light or even heavy snow might become unavoidable for some. Therefore, a driver should understand visibility may be poor when snow falls. Making sure the windshield wipers are in good shape and the defrosting system works appropriately could reduce the chances of an accident. Not caring for the car and performing winter maintenance could leave an owner liable for collisions.
Maintenance responsibilities extend to the vehicle’s tires. Checking the tire pressure is vital because cold weather can reduce air volume. It may be too late to avoid an accident when the dashboard’s low tire pressure warning light illuminates. Regularly checking the pressure with a gauge seems like a good plan.
Inspecting the tire treads is critical. If the tire treads wear out, they would lack the traction to handle slick or icy roads. And roads can become icy when wet conditions drop to freezing weather.
Reckless winter driving
Unfortunately, some drivers may have dangerous driving habits that become even riskier in bad weather. For example, speeding on an icy road could make hydroplaning and skidding almost impossible to avoid. Drivers who commit moving violations under any circumstances could be liable for any auto accidents they cause.
Drunk driving is dangerous under any conditions. Those driving under the influence may find it impossible to deal with winter hazards.
Winter weather requires drivers to make changes to improve safety. Those who ignore winter hazards put themselves and others at risk.