Driving tips: Avoid motor vehicle accidents this winter

Cooler weather can be a welcome respite for many people who dislike the summer heat. However, winter can also bring its own problems, especially for Nebraska motorists. Icy roads and snowfall can make driving difficult for anyone. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has advice for those who want to avoid getting into motor vehicle accidents during the winter months.

The NHTSA says that the main thing to consider is preparation. Everyone should have their car checked by a trusted mechanic to prevent potential problems before they happen. It also recommends ensuring that people pack their car with items that may be needed during the winter, such as ice scrapers, jumper cables, flashlights, flares and other similar equipment. Other things people may not think about having in their car that can be helpful include cat litter for increased traction, blankets or warm clothing, and even food and water.

The other thing people can do to help themselves is to practice safe driving. When it is icy or snowing, driving under the speed limit may be ideal. Avoid texting or other distracted driving habits. Those who are considering buying a new car may want to get one with anti-lock breaks. Using snow tires may be beneficial as well.

Even with all of these helpful tips, motor vehicle accidents can still happen during the winter. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one due to someone else's careless actions may want to consider filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against any parties believed responsible. A Nebraska attorney with experience handling these types of cases can help those with questions to determine the best course of action.

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