Winter is here, and that means that there could be ice or snow on the roads. Kentucky doesn’t see much snow, but when it does, it is important that you know how to drive in it safely.
With November 30 marking the year’s first snowfall, now is a great time to talk about what you can do to prevent a winter-weather crash. These tips will help you protect yourself and your family as you drive on Interstate 75 or in the surrounding area.
- Change your tires
The first tip is to change your tires if needed. All-season tires or winter-weather tires are designed to handle slick roads better. No matter what kind of tire you decide to go with, you should have it checked for tread before you drive in the ice or snow. If the tire is bare, or if the tread is low, it is time to replace it.
- Plan your route
The next thing you can do is plan your route. By planning your route, you can choose roads that are more likely to be clear of ice and snow. Try to avoid neighborhood roads or alleys where it’s unlikely that ice or snow has been treated.
- Check the weather before you go
Finally, check the weather before you go out. If you are not confident that you can drive safely when ice or snow is present, then it may be better to delay your trip or to ask someone else to drive. Checking the weather and traffic news before you go out will also let you know if there are crashes in your area and about any unexpected weather conditions that you should be aware of.
Is important that all drivers take the time to perform maintenance on their vehicles and check the weather before they drive in the winter. Taking just a few minutes to plan your travel route or to make sure your tires have enough tread could help you prevent a serious collision. Being prepared is one of the best ways to prevent crashes, but if you are involved in one, remember to seek medical help and then consider learning more about your legal options.