How to Avoid a Winter Car Accident in IdahoIdaho State Police reported slick conditions on Interstate 15. Multiple slide offs have been reported. The following are some tips to avoid a winter car accident in Idaho.

How to Avoid a Winter Car Accident in Idaho

Have Patience

Slow and steady wins the race; especially when driving in snow and ice. It is always a good idea to check road and weather conditions before you leave. Drive on main routes and make sure you are well rested and alert when driving.

Tell someone where you are going and remember cell phone coverage is not available in many remote areas in Idaho. Make someone aware of your routes. If you plans change, let someone know.

Use Caution

  • The biggest part of winter driving is being extra precautions and taking extra care when driving on snow covered or icy roads. The following are some tips to prevent your vehicle from slipping.
  • Do not use cruise control on wet, icy or snowy roads.
  • Position your hands on the steering wheel at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, or lower to have the most control of the vehicle.
  • If you lose traction, slow down gradually. Do not brake hard on snow or ice!
  • To maximize control of the vehicle, steer, brake and accelerate smoothly. Many drivers steer too much or too fast. Instead, steer just enough to follow the path you intend to go.
  • Use extra caution when driving across bridges or on concrete highways. Ice forms first on these surfaces.
  • Avoid driving through snowdrifts. These areas could be slicker.
  • If you see a shaded area, slow down before coming to it. Ice and snow melt last in shaded areas.
  • Use chains or snow tires where necessary.

Use Chains When Necessary

Watch for signs indicating when chains or snow tires are required. Chains include link and cable chains as well as other devices that attach to the vehicle, wheel, or outside of the tire that are designed to increase traction.  In some areas, four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles may be exempt from the use of chains.

Keep Your Vehicle Maintained

  • The following are some things to check on your vehicle before driving on snow covered or icy roads.
  • Windshield wipers are in good working condition.
  • Antifreeze and all other fluids are topped off.
  • Make sure hoses are not brittle or loose.
  • Make sure your heater and defroster are working.
  • Check the battery is fully charged.
  • Ensure your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.
  • Carry chains or use snow tires.

Watch for Snowplows

During the winter in Idaho, you will encounter snowplows and sanding trucks. Make sure you do not flow a plow or sander too closely. These large vehicles need room! Also, do not pass a plow or sander. Sometimes a plow works side-by-side with another plow to get the roads clear faster.

Contact an Idaho Falls or Pocatello Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to call an Idaho Falls car accident attorney or Pocatello auto accident lawyer. Waiting could hurt your case. Call our law firm now to speak with an experienced attorney about your car accident case during a free consultation. Our attorneys can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries. Plus, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm today at 23-CRASH (208-232-7274) to get started on your car accident case.

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