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Safety tips for driving during winter

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Winter weather in Arizona can be harsh and unforgiving. Between the snow, ice and low temperatures, driving in this weather can be dangerous and sometimes fatal. Car accidents during the winter in Arizona do happen, and it is impossible to avoid them altogether.

However, there are things you can do to lessen your chances of being involved, or even worse, hurt, in a car accident.

Check your vehicle

Ideally, before it begins to snow, check your vehicle to ensure that it is winter-ready. Specifically, make sure you check the following:

  • Tires tread and traction
  • The battery’s charge and connections
  • Antifreeze, oil and windshield washer fluid

Packing an emergency kit and keeping it inside your vehicle is also important and could be, in extreme cases, lifesaving. Make sure that you have the following items in your emergency kit:

  • Warm clothing and blankets
  • Non-perishable food for a few days
  • A flashlight and batteries
  • A first-aid kit

Remaining alert about the weather is imperative in ensuring your safety. Before heading out of the garage, check your local television or radio for the most accurate weather information and, potentially, warnings.

Monitor weather conditions and drive accordingly

Every driver should drive safely every time they get behind the wheel; however, it is especially important during inclement weather.

  • During a snow storm, for example, reduce your speed and be alert for slippery roads.
  • Avoid making sudden movements with your vehicle, which could cause you to lose control of your car and slide to another lane or, worse, off the side of the road or down into the woods.
  • Always keep your headlights on to increase visibility for you and other drivers.

Winter driving in Arizona presents a set of challenges because of the dangers that certain weather conditions can pose. While it is not possible to completely avoid colliding with another vehicle or being in an auto accident, it is possible to take steps that provide you with added safety and lessen the likelihood that you will be involved in a car crash.

Stay warm, stay safe and embrace the beauty of Arizona’s winter landscape from the comfort (and safety) of your well-prepared vehicle.