Winter Weather, Holidays Pose Driving Hazards For Chicago Area Travelers

Legal Articles | December 16, 2010

Winter weather has made its annual return to Chicago, leaving many Chicago-area drivers in need of a refresher course in safe driving under dangerous weather conditions. Although ice and snow can make the roads more treacherous, drivers can take extra safety precautions to prevent most auto accidents.

Remember that bridges may freeze more quickly than normal roads; even if the rest of the roads are just wet, the bridges may have ice. Drive accordingly. Overpasses and tunnels also warrant special consideration and attention; when cars are funneled into narrow spaces, accidents can quickly grow.

Distracted driving is always dangerous, but this is especially true when snow and ice are present. Put away your cell phone. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road. Paying close attention to the road can help to ensure that you can respond to changing conditions.

Also, regardless of the stated speed limit, drive at a speed that allows you to maintain control over the vehicle.

Preparing for Holiday Travel? Take Extra Care

When traveling during the holidays, the dangers of winter driving can easily be aggravated. In addition to the fact that more cars are on the roads, everyone is impatiently trying to get somewhere.

Accordingly, it is particularly important to drive carefully when traveling around the holidays. Leave extra time to get to your destination. Maintain a safe following distance on highways such as the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways, and travel at speeds appropriate for the given weather conditions.

If ignoring standard safety techniques results in a car accident, no one will reach their destination faster. Drive carefully and arrive safely.

Unfortunately, even when drivers follow all possible safety procedures, car accidents may still occur. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, speak with a knowledgeable Chicago car accident attorney to discuss potential legal remedies.

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