As we approach the holidays and get closer to winter, many of us will head to the mountains to find snow. The mountains can be a big change from the flat Las Vegas roadways. We want you to be safe in and out of the city. Read on for our top mountain driving tips.
We hope the below mountain driving tips help you stay safe on the road. We also understand that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a mountain driving accident. If a driver injures you in a mountain driving accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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Complete a Car Safety Checkup
Before you “come around the mountain,” you should complete your car safety checkup. If you remember, in September we provided our Fall Car Safety Checklist. Review the article and remember to check the following on your vehicle before you head to the mountains:
- Warning lights
- Air filters
- Windshield and windows
- Wiper blades
- Vehicle Lights
- Car Seats
Stay in Your Lane
It can be tempting on mountain roads to hug the center lane. This can be dangerous for you and other drivers. It creates a dangerous situation for oncoming traffic. Especially if the other vehicle is also hugging the center lane. It also makes it difficult for cars to pass you.
Pay Attention to Signs
In the mountains you may see lots of warning signs. In addition to speed limit signs, you may notice signs warning of curves, steep hills, or other hazards. These signs can help prepare you for upcoming road conditions.
Look Out for Animals
Animals live in the mountains. If you are driving in the mountains, you should look out for animals on or near the road. Especially between dusk and dawn. If you are driving at night, you should watch for the following signs that you may encounter wildlife on the road:
- Wildlife near the road
- Roadside movement
- Shining eyes
- Flickering headlights of oncoming cars or taillights
- Roadside reflectors that disappear/reappear
- Water near the road indicating that animals may be nearby as well
Unfortunately, even the most cautious driver can be injured in an accident. If you are injured in a car accident that is not your fault, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers provides expert representation to make sure you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.
Use Slow Vehicle Turnout
Not everyone can drive the same speed on mountain roads. You may choose to drive slow for a variety of reasons. If you are a slow vehicle, then you should use the slow vehicle turnout to let other vehicle’s pass. In some states you may be required by law to use the slow vehicle turnout if a certain number of vehicles are behind you.
Some mountain roads may also have lanes to pass slow vehicles. If you are the slow vehicle, then you should use the right lane.
Watch Your Speed
Your speed impacts your safety on mountain roads. Speeding impacts your ability to safely navigate sharp turns, narrow lanes, and changing road conditions.
Look Out for Bicyclists
Cars and animals are not the only ones that use mountain roads. You should also look out for bicyclists on the right side of the road. Give them plenty of room and pass with care.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is dangerous in normal road conditions. It is especially dangerous in the mountains.
You should also be alert for impaired drivers on the road. If you suspect that another driver is impaired, try to avoid them and contact law enforcement immediately.
Use Your Lights
Visibility can quickly change in the mountains. Your lights can help you see and be seen. You should also use your high beams where appropriate. You should change to low beams when you are at least 500 feet before any oncoming vehicles and 300 feet before any vehicle you are following.
Anticipate Changing Weather
The weather can change dramatically when you are driving in the mountains. In the mountains, weather conditions can go from clear and dry to any of the following:
You should mentally prepare for driving in changing weather conditions before you hit the road. If you encounter any of the above road conditions, drive with care and pay attention. If you are not comfortable driving in mountain weather, you can ask a friend to drive for you. You should also make sure that your vehicle can handle any anticipated weather changes, such as snow.
Pack a winter weather kit including the following:
- Ice scraper
- Spare drinking water
- Small shovel
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