Winter driving conditions, even though they’re not that harsh in Dallas, do affect your visibility. Here are three ways that you might not have realized that it happens.
Ice or Water?
When you’re driving at night on wet roads in the winter, there’s always the chance that you’re driving on ice. Black ice forms when car exhaust and ambient moisture freeze when they come into contact with the road. Black ice is notoriously hard to spot. In the summer, you always know that you’re dealing with water when the road shines in your headlights. In the winter, it might just be water or it might be something far more dangerous.
Dirty windshields are far more dangerous in the winter. The fog that forms on windshields tends to make dirt and dust much more obstructive to vision, particularly if you have headlights coming through the windshield at you. Every streak you left when cleaning the windshield will be visible and, of course, hiding whatever lies behind it. Sleet, snow and sand get kicked up by other drivers and dirty windshields very quickly in this weather. The answer is to have a lot of windshield washer in your dispenser and to have some window cleaner for the inside windows.
Ice and Fog
Ice and fog on your windshield can be deadly. They can also form when you’re driving, even if you cleared the glass off before you started driving. To get rid of this menace, the first thing you need to do is to find a place to pull over. Some people prefer to use their defrosters and some people turn on their floor heater and crack their window. Find out what works best for your car and make sure that the cab of your vehicle is warmed up before you take off to minimize the presence of ice and fog on your windshield.
Taking precautions so that you can see is something that other drivers can expect you to do. Some drivers, however, don’t bother to take these measures and become real menaces on the road. If you’re hit by someone who had compromised visibility out of their car, contact a Fort Worth car accident attorney. A good vehicle accident lawyer might be able to put together a successful lawsuit that could win you enough compensation to pay for any property damage, medical expenses and pain and suffering you endured in the accident.