The IIHS has revealed its top safety picks for 2018, with models from Toyota, Hyundai and Subaru at the forefront. Safe vehicles are a critical component to reducing the fatal auto accident rate, which increased for a second year in a row in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tragically, 37,461 people lost their lives. Many more were seriously injured.
There are many approaches to reducing these deaths. In addition to safer vehicles, safer driving habits are also important. As the winter season in Nebraska rolls on, we want to take a moment to remind everyone of driving tips in the snow:
- Fully clear your vehicle before hitting the road. If you don't keep your vehicle in a garage or carport, a snowy day requires a little prep before you take off. Budget extra time before you leave so that you can completely clear snow and ice from your windows and lights.
- Throughout the winter, make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full. Keep an extra bottle in your vehicle in case you run out. A storm can require using a lot of washer fluid to keep your windshield clear.
- Don't drive distracted, which is always dangerous, including in inclement weather. Snow, ice and rain reduce your traction on the road. You'll need more time to slow and come to a stop, and more time to react to hazards on the roadway. Don't let your phone or other distractions take your focus off the road.
- Reduce your speed. Snow and ice make it more difficult to control your vehicle. Slowing down goes a long way in allowing yourself enough time to react to things happening on the road (for example, a vehicle braking suddenly and unexpectedly in front of you on the icy road).
- Drive sober. In bad weather, you need all of your available concentration and focus to navigate the hazardous roads. Inebriation impairs judgment and slows reaction time, so keep that in mind if a storm is in the forecast.
Although you cannot eliminate the risk of getting in a crash, behavior like that listed above can help you reduce your risk.
If you or a loved one is injured in a crash this winter in Nebraska, please call our experienced attorneys. We can help you figure out what to do next. If you were seriously injured, you may have a case in which you can pursue compensation. To find out, please call us at 402-371-4300. We have offices in Omaha and Norfolk, and proudly represent Nebraskans from across the state.