A recent article discussed how tow truck drivers are especially busy when the roads are icy or after it has snowed. While a greater number of auto accidents are expected when the weather is bad, there are several things you can do to make things easier for tow truck drivers in our area.
- When the roads are icy or when there is snow on the road, decrease your speed appropriately. It is important to be aware of black ice. Although you cannot see it, you will need to slow down. Otherwise, you might slide off the road or into another vehicle.
- Be extra alert when driving in bad weather. Slow down sooner and increase your following distance. Be aware of the driver who is driving too fast for the weather conditions or the driver who continues to weave between other vehicles. Make sure to put down your cell phone and get rid of other distractions, which may take your mind off of driving.
- When road conditions are especially dangerous, only drive when it is necessary. Otherwise, stay at home.
- If a potential storm has been announced, do not park your vehicle anywhere where it will be in the way of snowplows or where it will block city streets.
- Be patient while waiting for a tow truck to arrive during bad weather. The drivers need to drive safely to get to you, and calls are handled on a priority basis. Someone else might be in greater need of the towing services.
- If you see a tow truck driver on the side of the road, trying to pull a vehicle out of a snowdrift or trying to load a vehicle onto their truck, move out of the way. If you are in the lane next to the truck, switch lanes, if possible. Otherwise, slow down even more, and give the tow truck driver extra room to do their job safely.
Unfortunately, with snow and cold temperatures come a greater number of accidents on the road. If you were injured in a car accident caused by another driver, one of our auto accident attorneys can help. Contact us to discuss your case with a qualified attorney.