If you face a nasty winter storm, use your best judgment. Don’t go out unless you have to. It is always a good idea for you to have an emergency kit, warm blankets, and rations in the car.
The majority of the time, for snowbirds, the weather is perfect. However, even in the most unexpected places, winter can haunt us. Regardless if you are in the north or are presented with black ice abruptly in the south. You could become a victim of winter weather.
Driving hazards come with the change of seasons, especially with big rigs, semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers. No matter what you would like to call them. Unfortunately, when they do not abide by the rules, laws, and guidelines, they are one of the biggest dangers on the road.
What are Some of the Best Advice the Truck Accident Law Firm Can Offer About Sharing the Road with a Semi-Truck?
Again! Do Not Go Out on the Roads Unless You Absolutely Have To.
Breathe and stay calm. Panic causes people to overreact. You need to focus.
Drive only as fast as your abilities and the capabilities of the vehicle permit for the road conditions. If you’re out of practice on snow and ice, slow down. If your tires are bad, slow down. If your car has a low ride height, it won’t handle accumulating snow well. So again, just slow down.
Your actions need to be controlled and deliberate. Hard acceleration, hard braking, and sharp curves all decrease traction. Maintain a consistent speed, open up the distance between you and the car ahead, and ease the brakes. Steer gently, and remember that inertia will be a factor.
LET THERE BE LIGHT:
In inclement weather, turn on your headlights. This is so other drivers can see you. Your taillights will be brighter too.
USE YOUR SIGNALS:
Here’s a rule of thumb for lane change: Dry or rainy (not freezing) weather: three blinks, then move over for three blinks. Winter weather: four or five blinks, then move over slowly. Signal for turns before you start slowing down.
If you’re going significantly slower than the traffic around you, turn on your four-way hazards, take the rightmost lane, and just let everyone pass you. The hazards let other drivers know you’re going slower than they are, which can help prevent a pileup.
**We thank ALAN WROBEL Alan Wrobel, who has driven 810,000 miles (accident-free) in 45 states and Ontario.
Let’s look at a few types of winter driving hazards you could encounter:
Wind– It is not uncommon for the winds to gust up to 35 miles per hour or more during a winter storm or a Nor’Easter. This can cause whiteouts and snowdrifts.
Black Ice– This type of ice takes many drivers by surprise. It can happen in a matter of seconds without any warning. Being that it coats surfaces and is transparent, allowing the road beneath to be visible. Listening to current weather reports will assist you. It is imperative to take it slow and always allow extra space between you and other vehicles, especially semi-trucks and large vehicles that may require additional time and space to stop.
Heavy Rain– Just before the freezing temperatures set in, you could encounter a heavy rainstorm in the winter. Not only can it reduce visibility, but it is also the culprit for hydroplaning. In addition, it would be best if you stayed vigilant because not all tractor-trailers have tires treads that cannot displace water on the road’s surface.
Fog– This is a significant factor in the southern states because condensation can occur in winter when warmer air passes over colder ground. With subfreezing temperatures occur, fog can freeze onto the surfaces, making them extremely slick.
Bridges– They freeze before roads because of the air around them. When cold air flows above and below bridges, it contributes to their heat loss, resulting in slick conditions, and is usually the first to have black ice.
Snow Piles– The road becomes narrower when there is a large snowfall due to the snow piles on both sides of the road. Thus, causing a reduction in visibility for cars but especially for semi-trucks and resulting in accidents.
Regardless if there is one inch or two feet of snow on the ground, you should be mindful that tractor-trailers have a much more significant obstacle in the snow and can cause grave harm. The Truck Accident Law Firm believes in assisting everyone to avoid accidents in the winter by preparing ahead. Take extra time to get up-to-the-minute weather reports to help plan alternate routes.
Our firm understands after a tractor-trailer accident, the families’ lives can be turned upside down, and that is why we offer a free consultation to assist with the answers you need. We will work for your best interests; if that means taking your case to a lengthy litigation process because the insurance companies won’t settle high enough on your behalf, we won’t hesitate to go to court. Call our office and we can start helping you today 888-511-TRUCK.