While Tennessee has a warmer climate than many states, there are many days when the temperature dips below freezing. There are days when it snows or the roads and bridges freeze. Preparation and preventive driving can help prevent car accidents and help you survive an accident if it happens.
Consider the following safety tips before heading out in winter weather:
- The battery, tire treads, heater, and windshield wipers should be checked before you drive.
- Use washer-fluids that do not freeze.
- Anti-freeze should be in safe containers.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Cellphones should be fully charged and the car should have its own charger.
- Have bright markers that can be put on the car if it will not start.
- Plan your trip. Check the weather forecast first. Leave plenty of time.
- Practice safety tips in a parking lot or safe area, such as understanding how to steer into a skid and how to drive on ice and snow.
Tennessee residents do sometimes see snowfall, though generally, not a lot. However, even flurries can make the roads slick and make it difficult to see through the windshield. Try to stay home if snowfall is predicted. If you must head out, drive slowly if the roads are snowy or icy. Do not use cruise control on slippery surfaces. Try to build up speed before you get to a snowy hill, instead of accelerating while you are on the hill. Finally, before heading out, make sure your tank is at least half full.
Stocking up for cold weather driving
Besides practical safe driving tips, car owners should keep their vehicles stocked with emergency provisions, including:
- An ice scraper
- Salt for ice
- A shovel
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable snacks, in case you get trapped somewhere
Vehicles should also always have jumper cables, flares, and flashlights.
Consider getting a service like AAA that you can call if an emergency occurs. You might also be able to get Roadside Assistance from your car manufacturer.
At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we fight for you when someone caused your injuries. We demand payment for all your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If you were in a car accident, please call us at 615-425-2500 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment. We have offices in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville.
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