Snow, ice and freezing rain can mean messy driving for Chicago motorists during the winter months. Driving in the snow requires extra caution to avoid accidents. In fact, according to Chicago car accident lawyers, you can be liable for Chicago personal injury or wrongful death if you are driving recklessly – regardless of whether you are driving in the snow or other inclement weather.


These five winter driving tips will tell you what not to do when driving in the snow, ice or freezing rain.:

  1. Do not drive above the speed limit or too close to other vehicles, as slippery conditions will make it difficult to stop.
  2. Do not use your cell phone – no talking, texting, emailing, etc. If you must make a call or send a message, pull over.
  3. Do not neglect your vehicle maintenance. Make sure tires are properly inflated and that snow tires or chains have been put on. 
  4. Do not drive your car without first scraping all snow and ice from the vehicle, especially the windows and mirrors.
  5. Do not drive under the influence of anything – drugs, alcohol or medication – ever, regardless of whether you are driving in the snow. 

Following the above winter driving tips may help you avoid an accident, but if you are involved in a Chicago car crash while driving in the snow, contact a Chicago car accident lawyer. They can help you determine what your next step should be.