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Tips for staying safe this winter on CT roadways

Harsh and unpredictable winter weather is simply a part of life if you live in Connecticut. One day you may have to contend with blizzard-like conditions, the next, freezing rain and sleet. The truth is you never know when Mother Nature will decide to dish out severe, not to mention dangerous, winter weather - weather that all too often leads to serious car collisions on Connecticut roadways.

While the best advice for avoiding winter-related car accidents is to simply stay off the roads in the first place, we all know that is not always possible. Fortunately, if you find yourself behind the wheel this winter, you can use various safe driving tips to help avoid serious injury.

Common winter driving tips

According to AAA, there are several tips that may help keep you safe on the roads this winter, including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Before you leave the garage, make sure your car is in good condition and your gas tank is at least half full - and don't forget to pack blankets, hats, food, water and your cellphone
  • Drive slowly as everything takes a bit longer on icy and snow-covered roads, especially when you are accelerating, stopping or turning
  • Double the distance in which you follow other cars from four seconds to eight - or even 10 - seconds
  • Do not use your cruise control, especially when the roadways are slippery
  • Know your brakes and how they work, including whether you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) or not

While there is no way to absolutely guarantee your safety - especially since you have no control over other drivers on the road - it is still important to do everything possible to keep you and your family safe this winter. However, if tragedy does strike, and you or a family member is injured as a result, it is crucial to seek medical care right away and to speak with a legal professional to learn what your rights may be.

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