Some drivers in Delaware areas where extreme weather conditions occur might become complacent after years of making it through winter safely. However, regardless of a driver’s level of experience, icy weather is clearly dangerous for operating a motor vehicle. Drivers who disregard the challenges posed by snow and ice on the roadways risk their own safety and the safety of all others nearby.
Drivers can take the following precautions:
- Check weather forecasts before taking trips. Keep in mind that those conditions can become more hazardous, and predictions might prepare a driver for what is to come.
- Do not rely on safety features like Electronic Stability Control and four or all-wheel drive to prevent accidents. Adjust driving techniques and speed according to prevailing conditions like ice and snow.
- Roads can become more dangerous after a storm as work crews clear ice and snow. Melting and refreezing of snow and ice pose deadly hazards.
- Avoid complacency while driving on familiar roads. Increase following distances and look out for other drivers who disregard the dangers of driving in extreme weather conditions.
- Bear in mind that tractor-trailers, semis and other large commercial vehicles need more space than cars to come to a halt.
The best way to stay safe is to avoid driving in dangerous conditions. However, if trips cannot be avoided, allowing extra time to get to the destination would be smart. Victims of car accidents caused by other parties’ negligence might have grounds to pursue financial relief. The successful presentation of a personal injury lawsuit in a Delaware civil court could result in a monetary judgment to cover financial and other losses.