While it may be cold and snowy, the winter season can be a wonderful time of year in Canada. From hitting the slopes at your favourite ski hills to strapping on your skates at outdoor rink, thereâ€™s a lot of winter activities to take advantage of Thereâ€™s also a long list of fun winter activities further from home that many of us are willing to travel for Whether youâ€™re driving down the street or down the highway to find your winter fun, itâ€™s important to remember that winter road conditions can change in the blink of an eye. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s always a good idea to keep safe driving practices top of mind. Follow these winter driving tips to help stay safe on the way to your next destination.
Always Buckle Up
Whether youâ€™ve got a five-minute drive or a five-hour road trip ahead of you, itâ€™s important to always wear your seatbelt while inside a vehicle. If youâ€™re driving the vehicle, make sure all your passengers are buckled up before putting the car in drive.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
If thereâ€™s one thing all Ontario Canadians know, including us her in southwester Ontario, itâ€™s that winter can be harsh and road conditions can get bad really fast. Because of this, youâ€™ll need to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Remember to leave extra space to other vehicles on the road, especially when there is poor visibility and icy road conditions.
When youâ€™re eager to get started on a fun-filled and action-packed day, sitting in the car is likely the last place you want to be. While you might want to get the drive over with as quickly as possible, itâ€™s important not to rush. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination safely and follow the rules of the road Â¬â€“ this includes posted signage and speed limits.
Why Safe Driving is Important
While vehicle collisions and serious injuries are the last things you want to think about, the fact is that accidents and injuries can happen. Each year during the winter season, hundreds of lives are lost and thousands of people are injured as a result of motor vehicle collisions. Even though you may never imagine it happening to you or someone you love, the unfortunate reality is that the risks does exist. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to follow safe driving procedures this winter.
If You Become Injured in a Collision
If you or someone you love becomes injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should do the following:
- Report the collision to the authorities and your insurer
- Document everything you can about the scene of the collision
- If possible, get the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the collision
- Contact a personal injury lawyer to assess your situation and discuss your options
Contact Harrison Pensa
Motor vehicle collisions can result in physical injuries as well as psychological and emotional trauma that can significantly impact a victimâ€™s life. If you or someone you love becomes injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. When this is the case, itâ€™s best to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Harrison Pensa, our professional team has experience building strong motor vehicle injury cases and getting victims the compensation they deserve.