Adapting to Changing Weather on the Road

Adapting to Changing Weather

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When you’re behind the wheel, getting safely from point A to point B often means being prepared for anything. A giant pot hole, someone slamming on their brakes, a texting driver, an unruly passenger, or unexpected inclement weather. The successful motorist must be ready to accommodate every situation as it arises. We never know what Mother Nature has in store for us next, so do your best to avoid being involved in a Boulder car crash by dealing appropriately with sudden weather fluctuations when you’re behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact a Colorado personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

Like Denver, much of Colorado boasts mild year round weather. Regardless, the state is no stranger to rainfall or snowfall, and it’s important to know how to stay safe on the road during either event. If you are driving and encounter unexpected precipitation, stay calm. Panicking will only distract you and make any weather disturbance that much more dangerous. First, adjust your speed to accommodate a change in weather. Next, mentally assess the situation. How far do you have to go to reach your destination? How poor is visibility, can you still see the cars in front of you, what about traffic signs and lights? Does your vehicle still have traction, or are you sliding on the road? What does the radio say about how long the weather pattern will last? Next, decide what the safest course of action for you is.

Making smart decisions during inclement weather could mean many different things. You may simply need to drive slower or shift your car into a lower gear. If extremely heavy rain or snow fall completely cuts off your visibility, you may need to pull over and wait out the worst of the storm. Although you should always follow traffic laws and safe driving habits, bad weather is an especially important time to do so. Give other drivers a wide margin. Never speed or tailgate, wet roads are slippery and it will take longer to come to a complete stop. Eliminate distractions of any kind, don’t talk on your cell phone, turn down the radio, quiet passengers, and especially don’t text. If you don’t feel prepared to handle bad weather, do your best to plan your trips and commutes around possibly dangerous weather. Consider using a forecasting application or website to give you a better idea of what you may be dealing with on the road.

Regardless of the weather, if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, contact a serious auto accident lawyer to discuss your case. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has the dedication and the experience to effectively handle your personal injury claim. Please call 303-825-2333 to schedule your free consultation.

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