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    Do You Know How To Drive in Snow?
    February 28 2022

    Do you want to build a snowman? Lee Canyon is just 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas and received over eight inches of snow last week. If you are driving to the mountains to play in the snow, we want you to be safe. Read on as we discuss how to drive in snow.

    Even the most cautious driver can be injured in a Las Vegas area car accident. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

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    How To Drive in Snow

    Snow rarely dusts the ground in Las Vegas Valley. However, there are nearby mountains that boast inches (and even feet) of snow. You must drive to get to these areas. If you are unfamiliar with driving in the snow, read on as we provide our tips for how to drive in snow.

    Perform a Tire Safety Check

    Safe tires are essential for driving in snow. Before you find yourself in winter conditions, perform a tire safety check. You do not have to do your tire safety check on your own. You can ask a tire technician to perform your tire safety check. Be sure to inform the technician of your travel plans. Your tire safety check should include the following:

    • Tire size
    • Tire type such as snow tires
    • Air pressure
    • Tread
    • Rotation
    • Balance
    • Alignment

    Winterize Your Vehicle

    In addition to your tires, you should make sure that your entire vehicle is safe before you leave. When you do this for winter driving conditions, it is called winterizing your vehicle. Your vehicle safety checklist, should include the following:

    • Battery
    • Lights
    • Windshield wiper blades and fluid reservoir
    • Defrosters
    • Floor mats
    • Tires
    • Gas

    Even the most cautious driver can be injured in an accident. If another driver injures you, contact the team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada and we work with clients in Las Vegas and vicinity. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Pack for Emergencies

    Winter weather can cause unpredictable road and travel conditions. Before you venture into the snow, you should pack a winter car emergency kit that includes the following:

    • Flashlight
    • Jumper cables
    • Kitty litter for tire traction
    • Chains
    • Small shovel
    • Flares
    • First aid kit
    • Extra food and water
    • Warm clothing or blankets
    • Ice scraper

    Plan Your Travel

    Planning is essential to safety. If you are traveling far, share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you. Always allow for extra travel time on snowy roads. Before you leave, you should check the forecast and road conditions:

    • Dial 511 within Nevada
    • Dial 1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada

    Changing temperatures impact the roadway. Packed snow is different from wet or frozen roads. Pay special attention to areas of the road where snow and ice have the opportunity to melt and refreeze.

    Remove Snow Before Driving

    If you are at a snowy location, make sure that you remove snow and ice from the vehicle before driving. Check that your windows, mirrors, and lights are clear of snow. Allow time for your vehicle to defrost if necessary.

    Stay Calm

    Driving in the snow can be stressful. Especially in dangerous road conditions when visibility is limited. Prepare yourself mentally before you get on the road. Make a plan for what to do if the driving situation is too difficult. Once you are on the road, take deep breaths and remind yourself to remain calm.

    Wear Your Seat Belt

    You should always wear your seat belt. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Young children should be properly secured in an approved child safety seat. Do not let your child wear a bulky coat or snowsuit in the car seat. Bulky and thick items change how the car seat straps fit your child and can compromise your child’s safety.

    Pay Attention

    Drivers should always pay attention, especially in snow and winter driving conditions. Avoid all forms of distracted driving by keeping your eyes, mind, and hands focused on the task of safe driving.

    Do Not Use Cruise Control

    Do not use cruise control on snowy, wet, or icy roads. Using cruise control on wet roads can actually be dangerous. If you use cruise control in wet conditions you may not have the same traction as you would without cruise control.

    Use Your Windshield Wipers

    Under Nevada law, drivers must use their windshield wipers while driving in rain, snow, or other moisture.

    Use Your Headlights

    Snow and darkness impact visibility. You should use your headlights to help you see and ensure that other drivers can see you.

    Slow Down

    Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions. You should reduce your speed when you are driving in the snow. You should also avoid sudden changes in speed. Keep in mind that road conditions can dramatically change in the mountains based upon sunlight and temperature.

    Your speed is not the only thing that you will need to modify in winter driving conditions. You may also need to change how you brake. Gentle braking, using a slow and light touch and release pattern, will allow you to slow down and stop safely. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), activate the anti-lock feature with firm, continuous pressure on the brake pedal.

    Safely Pull Over When Necessary

    Most mountain roads have areas for slow vehicles to pull over. This allows other vehicles to safely pass. If you are a slow vehicle, then use the slow vehicle turnout.

    Follow With Care

    Give other vehicles plenty of space and follow with care. It may take other vehicles additional time to stop in winter conditions.

    Use Caution

    Winter driving conditions can change quickly. Use caution and only drive when it is safe. If you have difficulty seeing the roadway, pull off to a safe location. Stay alert for black ice. Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas. These areas tend to freeze first.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    We hope the above discussion helps you understand how to drive in snow. We also understand that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a car accident. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

    Award-winning law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers. We are based in Henderson, Nevada, and serve clients throughout the Las Vegas area. When we say we offer personal injury law experience, we mean over 25 years of experience. This is the combination of knowledge and expertise you need to win significant compensation as a victim in a Las Vegas area accident. Our decades of experience, our expertise, plus our deep familiarity with all aspects of Nevada law, give you a powerful advantage. You will need that advantage to fight against those who may keep you from receiving what you deserve as a Las Vegas accident victim.

    Your choice of an accident lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. It’s important to select a Las Vegas attorney that can put you in the best position to win your case. That’s why you need to speak with Anthem Injury Lawyers. Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 745-8167 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Puneet K. Garg

    Attorney Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with their different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, personal injury victims and individuals needing help with their everyday needs. He has represented clients from all over the world in both state and federal court in Nevada.

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