4 Steps to Take Before Driving This Winter
Winter weather brings a number of hazards for motorists as snow, ice and rain can make driving conditions rough. In order to avoid the likelihood of an accident or traffic ticket, there are a few things you can do before you get behind the wheel.
1. Get a Tune Up
The purpose of heading to a mechanic is two-fold. First, you can ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order before getting on the road. A mechanic can check your systems so you know you won’t face an untimely breakdown in unsightly weather. Secondly, a tune-up can spot issues that could lead to getting pulled over. For example, if you have a tail light out or a faulty speedometer, a mechanic can make the fixes so law enforcement do not have a reason to stop your vehicle.
2. Keep an Eye on Weather
It goes without saying that driving in snow and ice is not ideal. If the weather outside looks frightful, it is best to stay put until conditions are safe. While snow in the Carolinas does not happen often, it can create quite the traffic jam when it does hit. In some areas, law enforcement may even request that motorists stay off the roads until they can be cleared.
3. Know the Laws
Do you know the laws regarding handheld devices in South Carolina? Texting is illegal and can merit a ticket and even charges of reckless driving. If you are traveling this winter for a holiday or otherwise, it is a good idea to know the laws of the states where you are heading as well. Cell phone laws vary from state to state, as do seat belt laws.
4. Map Your Route
You probably know your daily commute by heart, but if you are heading outside your comfort zone, you should plan your route ahead of time. In the winter, this can be especially important as weather conditions may shut down roads and force a detour. Taking your eyes off the road to check a map or a GPS could result in a crash, veering into another lane or missing a stop sign. You can use a number of different websites to view traffic, construction and road closings so you can plan accordingly.
At Nosal & Jeter, LLP we want to help clients remain safe and free from traffic tickets. We understand the laws in North Carolina and South Carolina and can help you build your case should you receive a citation or face a criminal charge. Allow our attorneys to navigate the legal process and protect your freedom and your driving rights.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Winter Driving Tips,” 2014