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Prepare for winter driving to prevent car accidents

This time of the year is known to see countless numbers of drivers who are adversely affected by the winter weather and all the challenges it poses. In anticipation, the Canada Safety Council uses the first week of December -- National Safe Driving Week -- as an opportunity to remind drivers in Ontario and other provinces about the precautions they can take to avoid car accidents this winter. The first step might be to have vehicles serviced by having tune-ups and oil changes done before taking to the roads.

Drivers should also consider putting snow tires on their vehicles, and safety authorities advise fitting them sooner rather than later. According to studies, braking on icy and slippery conditions with snow tires require 25 per cent less space. The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada reports a significant increase in the number of vehicles with snow tires currently, compared to those shown in a 2014 study. Having a well-stocked emergency kit in the car is also a good idea, containing a flashlight, non-perishable food, a charged phone, water, blanket, shovel, jumper cables, candles, matches and more.

Furthermore, drivers are warned of the need to adjust their driving habits to prevailing weather conditions. Reducing speed, steering gently around corners and increasing following distances to allow extra space for stopping are some of the precautions to take. Extra care is also advised when snow banks reduce visibility in turning lanes or along driveways. When snowplows are at work, they have the right-of-way, and drivers must yield for them.

Sadly, despite taking all these precautions, the negligence of others could cause unanticipated car accidents. Injured victims and surviving family members of those who have lost their lives may pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance to throughout the legal proceedings to recover economic and emotional damages.

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