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How North Carolina drivers can avoid a crash in winter

Winter driving is dangerous, what with the sleet and ice and snow that can cover the roads and make them slippery. By considering the following tips, though, drivers can keep safe and reduce the risk for an accident. First, they should head out on the road only when necessary (work, errands etc.). Once on the road, they should keep their speed down and maintain a distance of at least five or six seconds from the car in front.

Drivers should not accelerate harshly as this can cause them to spin their wheels. To avoid coming to a full stop at a traffic light, drivers can slow down and keep their momentum as well as maintain good traction.

Braking should also be gradual; apply only a slight pressure with the heel. Automatic braking systems self-adjust, but one must still be familiar with how ABS works. One must, in addition, know proper braking procedures with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist.

When about to travel uphill, drivers should gain forward motion while the road is flat and then never slow down until they reach the crest. They certainly don't want to have to feed gas while traveling up an incline as this will, again, cause the wheels to spin.

Drivers who neglect these and other safety tips and who cause an accident as a result may be held liable for any injuries on the other side. Those who wish to pursue a personal injury case will likely need to gather evidence of the other's negligence, and they might do this with the help of a lawyer. They may also leave all negotiations with their lawyers and prepare the case for court if a settlement cannot be achieved. A successful claim might cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income and more.

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