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That Time of Year Again

“SEASON OF SHIVERS”

The first edition of the Farmer’s Almanac was published in 1818, and it has been published continuously ever since. The Farmer’s Almanac provides long-range weather predictions for the U.S. and Canada, calendars, and articles on topics such as home remedies, full-moon dates, and the best days to do various outdoor activities. For 203 years, the Almanac has been helping people prepare for the winters ahead, and this year is no different: the Almanac is predicting a “season of shivers,” with colder than normal temperatures for most of the U.S., and for Georgia, more precipitation than usual.

DRIVING IN A WINTERY MIX

Often times, driving on roads freshly coated with a wintery mix is more challenging than driving in freshly fallen snow. A wintery mix—a combination of freezing rain/snow/sleet—can coat roads with a slick moisture. Moisture and ice reduce the friction on roadways, allowing for very little traction, leading to skidding, longer brake time, and in extreme cases, an inability to stop at all.

In order to minimize the risk of auto accidents, Triple A has compiled some safety tips for driving in a wintery mix:

+Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses: Black ice typically forms first in shaded areas of the roadway and on bridges and overpasses that freeze first and melt last. Although the road leading up to a bridge may be fine, the bridge itself could be a sheet of ice.

· See and be seen: Remove snow/ice from the hood, roof, trunk, lights, windows and mirrors.

· Slow down and give yourself more room: Increase following distance to at least 10 seconds.

· Stay in your lane: Avoid changing lanes, especially if snow and ice are built up between lanes

· Do not tailgate: Normal following distances of three to four seconds on dry pavement should be extended to a minimum of eight to ten seconds when driving on slippery surfaces. The extra time will provide additional braking room should a sudden stop become necessary.

IF IN AN ACCIDENT

Despite best efforts, accidents do happen, especially on slick roads. If you are able to, take pictures of your vehicle and the scene of the accident with your cell phone. Call police to the scene if necessary, and obtain information from any other driver or bystander. Seek medical treatment even if the accident was a minor one.

CONTACT DAVE THOMAS at The Thomas Law Firm for a free consultation regarding your legal right to be compensated for personal injury, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage to your vehicle.

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