The dangers of driving while you are too cold

Published By | Dec 16, 2018 | Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death, Truck Accidents |

It is pivotal to be mindful of any factor that could make an accident more likely, even if it does not seem likely. People realize the dangers that come with driving after taking certain types of prescription medication or drinking alcohol, but some people fail to realize that it may be dangerous to drive in other instances. For example, someone who is extremely cold may have a more difficult time behind the wheel and this could be dangerous. In many cities across the country, this is especially worrisome during the winter.

There are all sorts of reasons why someone may find themselves driving even though they are extremely cold (or borderline hypothermic, in some cases). Someone may have to work outside, which could cause them to be very cold (especially if they do not have sufficient winter gear). It is also important to point out that someone may be driving in an older vehicle that does not have good heating, or the heater in their car may be broken altogether.

When someone tries to drive while they are extremely cold, they may struggle to grip the steering wheel. Aside from shaky hands, they could also be jittery, and their mental focus may be diverted from the road as a result of their discomfort. Unfortunately, whenever someone drives even though they should not be on the road, they can put many lives in danger. If you were struck by a driver who may have been too cold or should not have been on the road for another reason, going to court may be required.