It’s safe to say that recent weather conditions have been extreme in and around Chicago, which means auto accidents are more likely than normal. Roads are flooded, rainfall records are being broken, and more storms are in the forecast, so it’s essential to make sure you stay safe when you’re on the roads. Our top priority is always your safety and security, so we’ve put together our top 5 tips for avoiding car accidents in extreme weather.
Make sure your vehicle is ready for rough road conditions! Find the time to swing by your preferred mechanic and have them do a thorough brake check, vehicle inspection, and top off your vehicle’s fluids. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that you have plenty of tread remaining. It’s especially important to make sure your windshield wipers are in great condition! With storms like we’ve been having, effective wipers are simply a must. Not only is it dangerous to drive if your car isn’t well-maintained, it makes you more likely to cause an accident and opens you up to legal jeopardy!
Your driving should match the weather. If you can barely see through the windshield, then slow down! Keep both hands firmly on the wheel and make sure your phone is put away and can’t distract you. If you have to take a call, make sure you use a hands-free option. Driving while holding a phone to your ear is hazardous (and illegal) in all weather conditions, but particularly in weather like this! Follow the law and common sense by driving distraction-free and especially carefully in heavy storms or around flooded areas.
Be ready for anything! Make sure your vehicle is well-stocked with food, water, blankets, jumper cables, an inflated spare tire, and flares or emergency lighting. If flood waters strand you or cause an accident, it’s better to be prepared in case help takes a long time to arrive. There are more traffic accidents occurring than normal, so keep in mind that emergency responders may take a longer time than usual to arrive on the scene.
Check driving conditions ahead of time. Before you get behind the wheel, check road conditions online and plan routes that avoid flooded areas or lots of traffic. With the roads this wet, it takes longer to stop than normal, so heavy congestion can lead to huge traffic accidents. There’s always plenty of construction out there, and the combination of road work and heavy storms can be a recipe for dangerous car pile ups.
Add Kryder Law Group as a contact on your phone. Car accidents are incredibly stressful and it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you’re dealing with emergency responders and other drivers in a pounding storm. Add (312) 223-1700 to your phone now, and if the unexpected happens, you can contact us right away. We always offer free consultations and are standing by to help with any questions you have related to injuries that might result from car crashes.
Driving around Chicago is never a breeze, but with record-breaking storms and no end in sight, there’s never been a more important time to drive safely. Stay safe out there!