Wintry weather is a normal fact of life in New York at this time of year, but it’s one that can lead to serious challenges when you’re driving. Most people here are comfortable driving in the snow, but that comfort can’t transfer over to driving on ice.
Driving on icy roads is a very dangerous endeavor. Ideally, people won’t venture out when the roads are icy. If you find that you don’t have any other choice, you should ensure that you remember some basic safety tips.
Prepare for the drive
If you have to leave and can’t put the trip off until the roads are clear, make sure that you brush the snow off your vehicle. You need the windows clear so you can see, but you also have to ensure that there isn’t any snow or ice that can come off the vehicle and blind other drivers or slam into other vehicles.
Never rush on icy roads
Always leave home with plenty of time to make it to your destination. Trying to rush when the roads are icy increases the chance of you losing control. Another driver who is rushing could crash into you and cause you serious injuries.
Crashes on icy roads can lead to catastrophic injuries, including those that are fatal. Victims of these crashes often have to deal with extensive medical bills and other expenses related to the collision. Seeking compensation for this is possible, but you must do it within a specific amount of time. New York law sets time limits on how long you can take to get the claim filed.