There is support for these feelings. Winter weather conditions provide drivers with challenges they are not accustomed to since they do not face them throughout the rest of the year. These challenges could lead to serious injuries or even death. While these motor vehicle accidents may be impossible to completely avoid, there are some steps that can be taken to reduce the chance of them happening.

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Some of those precautions involve the way one prepares his or her vehicle. For example, a frozen gas line may be avoided if the gas tank is filled at least half full. Tires should be properly inflated and the types of tires should not be mixed. In addition, in snowy and rainy weather, it is best to choose to not use one’s parking brake.

Other precautions have to do with the behavior of the drivers. As is the case in good weather, drivers (as well as occupants) should always use a seat belt. Before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, drivers should make sure that they have gotten enough sleep. When controlling a car it is important to keep one’s eyes on where he or she wants to go. Likewise, steering in that direction is a good idea.

Taking the time to follow these precautions could prevent motor vehicle accidents in winter weather from occurring.

Source: AAA, “Winter Driving Tips,” copyright 2013

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