Winter in Ohio is known as one of the prettiest times of the year. It’s also known as one of the most dangerous. When the weather outside is frightful, going outdoors is often the last thing you want to do. By preparing for inclement weather now, you’ll know what to do when winter storms, ice and snow hit later. These tips can be paramount in helping you avoid winter accidents.
Avoiding Accidents on the Road
- Animals like deer are most active at dawn and dusk, especially during the winter months. Avoid collisions by staying alert and scanning the road ahead for potential threats. If you see a deer, don’t swerve, don’t speed up and do apply the brakes.
- Winter storms and slick road conditions are a factor in more than 2,000 road deaths every year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Slow down, increase following distance and brake before turning. Make sure you don’t have any cracks in your windshield and that your headlights are working correctly. Good visibility can be vital in avoiding winter accidents.
- Allow yourself extra time for driving if weather and road conditions are poor. If you have a new driver at home, spend some time helping them learn the basics of driving in the winter.
- If you need towing or roadside assistance, AAA will be there for you. And if you’re thinking about switching car insurance coverage, give one of our agents a call. They’ll help you compare and get the policy that’s best for you.
Avoiding Accidents at Home
- Know your limits when going out to shovel snow, especially if you aren’t normally active. The National Safety Council recommends taking it slow, shoveling only light snow, and stopping before you’re exhausted.
- Falling icicles can lead to injuries. Avoid winter accidents by staying away from large icicles that have formed on eaves and overhangs, and consider calling a professional if there’s a buildup.
- Prepare your home before an emergency arises. Be aware of the potential for things like frozen pipes and losing power, and make sure you plan accordingly. Keep an emergency kit in your home with items like bottled water, flashlights, batteries, shelf-stable food and first aid supplies.
- It’s also a good idea to make sure you have adequate homeowners’ insurance. For more information, call your insurance agent or visit AAA.com to find a AAA insurance representative near you.
Winter doesn’t have to be a treacherous time. With these tips, we’re confident you can avoid winter accidents and enjoy the season to its fullest. And if accidents do happen, you can feel confident knowing that AAA has you covered!