As a motorist in Tennessee, you may already know that the winter roads can be extremely dangerous for drivers. Not only are there adverse weather conditions to deal with, but you are also forced to share the road with people who drive recklessly in these harsh circumstances. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 480,000 people are injured and 6,250 people lose their lives in car accidents caused by slushy, icy or snowy roads each year. Although your risk of becoming involved in a tragic automobile accident increases when the weather is bad, there are steps you can take to stay safe on the road this winter.

One of the most important things that you can do when you face reduced visibility, slick roads and reduced traction due to weather is slow down. You should also leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Icy and wet roads can make it difficult for you to brake, and you may start to skid or lose control of your vehicle if you are forced to stop suddenly.

It is also crucial that you have your vehicle winterized, preferably before the first storm of the year. Make sure that your car’s battery, lights, brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system, heater and ignition system are in good working order. Have your tires checked to ensure they have good tread and adequate pressure.

Avoid engaging in activities that may distract you, such as texting and driving, eating or reaching for things in the car. While it is important to drive cautiously at all times, it is even more essential that your full attention is on the road when traveling through winter conditions.

This information is simply intended to education and should not taken as legal advice.