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Avoiding Dangerous City Driving in the Winter

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2010

In many cases, a Dallas car accident is the direct result of someone knowingly going beyond their abilities where driving is concerned. The first question when assessing the condition of the roads is always whether or not you’re comfortable with driving. If you’re not, you should heed that feeling. If you cannot avoid driving in inclement weather, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of staying safe.

When you’re the slowest person on the road and you know that other drivers are fed up with it, it’s easy to start speeding up beyond your comfort zone out of intimidation or simply out of not wanting to hold other people up. Don’t fall into this trap. If someone is really so impatient that you can see them yelling at you out of the rearview, go ahead and pull over or just let them by. You’re not responsible for their opinions about your driving, and they’re probably someone you don’t want to be near on the roads, anyway.

An 18-wheeler crash becomes more of a risk when the roads are slick. Be sure to stay away from semis, especially in areas where the traffic is moving fast. They have an even harder time stopping than do cars, obviously, and they appreciate the extra room. Make sure that you have your lights on if you’re alongside a semi in rainy, foggy or snowy weather. If there’s a lot of precipitation being kicked up on the road, your lights may be all they’re able to see of you.

Winter driving can actually be enjoyable if you’re not rushed or overwhelmed by the experience. If you can take side roads instead of main roads, it’s oftentimes a lot more relaxed. You’ll also have fewer cars coming toward you in the other lane, which eliminates the vision problems that occur when you get headlights shone in your windshield. It may seem small, but it can make it a lot more relaxed when you’re trying to navigate treacherous roads.

People have a responsibility to be aware of what’s going on around them when they’re on the road, no matter what the weather may be like. If someone hits your vehicle and causes damage or injuries, you may want to meet with a lawyer about it. They may be able to put together a lawsuit for damages.