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Staying safe when driving during the winter

Roads in Louisiana and throughout the country can become perilous during the winter months. However, there are many strategies that you can use to safely get to a destination even when the roads are bad. According to AAA, individuals should avoid driving while tired, and it is always a good idea to inflate tires before driving if needed. Furthermore, radial tires should not be used with any other type.

During periods of rain or snow, it is never a good idea to use a parking brake or cruise control. If a vehicle starts to skid, try to steer in the direction of the skid until regaining control of it. Drivers should increase their following distance when driving on snowy roads, and they should also try to avoid stopping whenever possible. If stopping is necessary, do so in a slow and controlled manner to avoid a skid or other negative outcome.

Those who need to drive up a hill should try to gain momentum before starting the climb. Then, they can coast to the top of the hill without the need to hit the gas. Trying to accelerate while going up a snowy hill can result in the wheels spinning and the car going nowhere. If the weather is really bad, simply stay home if there is no need to venture out.

Those who are the victim of a crash caused by a negligent driver may be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent driver. For instance, it may be possible to recoup lost wages or lost future earnings related to the accident. Victims may also be entitled to reimbursement for the cost of replacing damaged personal property. An attorney may review a case and take steps to obtain a favorable outcome for a car accident victim.

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