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Preventing an Alaskan Accident

As the first major winter storm of the season hit much of the United States this past week causing much devastation and some fatalities, it reminds us of the power of Mother Nature during this time of year. While some states aren't quite as prepared for winter blizzards as Alaska, it is important to keep in mind the need for precaution in winter driving conditions.

Driving in blizzard like conditions and extreme temperatures can take a toll on your motor vehicle, so the first thing you will want to do for the winter season is practice preventative maintenance. Getting your vehicle all tuned up and checked prior to the heart of winter is a good idea in order to protect those driving it as well as hopefully prevent major maintenance issues from cropping up during or after the winter months.

You will also want to practice giving greater distance to the drivers in front of you. During the summer months, it is easy to get used to driving a bit closer to other vehicles and having greater control over your braking distance and efficiency. Remember, your tires don't quite grip the ice the same way that they grip the hot pavement of summer and your stopping distance is therefore much further and efficiency greatly reduced. Providing a few more car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you can go a long way in preventing both minor and major motor vehicle accidents.

Finally, the roads out there in Alaska present more dangers than just the drivers in front and surrounding you, so be alert. Wildlife can often cross your path while driving and if you are alert you can anticipate and see them, thus preventing surprise and a quick slam on the brakes. This will also help you prepare for the unpredictable actions of the drivers around you.

Should you find yourself in a motor vehicle accident this winter, please be sure to contact a personal injury attorney whom you can trust to guide you through your legal options and who will help you on your journey to recovery.

Source: Alaska Native News, "First Winter Storm of the Season Wreaks Havoc as it Moves through Midwest," GW Rastopsoff, Dec. 20, 2012

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