With winter knocking on our door, it is time to think about safe driving tips in winter weather. This past March winter storm Thor marched across the country and through the northeast leaving injuries and fatalities along its way. Winter weather wreaks havoc on Pennsylvania roads each year making it treacherous for drivers.
At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP, it is our sincere hope that all of our clients and others remain safe while driving this winter. Below is a list of winter weather driving reminders we share with our office staff, clients, and with you in hope of keeping everyone on our Pennsylvania roads safe this winter season.
Winter Weather Driving Reminders
As you prepare to travel wintery roads in Pennsylvania, remember the following tips for safe travels.
- Clear all snow and ice off your vehicle before you leave. Blowing and/or falling ice and snow coming from your vehicle is a distraction that can cause you or another driver to wreck.
- Use your low beam headlights for better visibility in fog and snow.
- Slow down and leave more distance between you and the vehicles in front of you.
- Leave early to allow additional time to reach your destination.
- Map out your destination before you leave your home.
- Have an emergency kit in your car that includes batteries, flashlight, non-perishable food, bottled water, first-aid kit, small tool kit, battery-operated radio, candles, waterproof matches, and portable hand warmers.
- Keep extra clothes, blankets, and shoes in the car.
- Keep cat litter or sand in the car in case your car becomes stuck.
- When approaching bridges and overpasses, slow down and be cautious. These areas freeze before other sections of road and often have black ice that is difficult to see.
- If you vehicle begins to slide or spin, do not panic. Ease your foot off the acceleration and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to go.
- When the car begins moving in the direction you are steering, continue to steer in that direction while slowly accelerating.
- Avoid driving at night if possible when visibility is at its worst.
If you do not have experience driving in winter weather, consider taking a defensive driving course that includes training for driving in winter weather. It will give you valuable information and practice so that you are ready when the next winter storm comes our way.
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It is our desire that no one is injured in automobile accidents; however, with the number of people traveling our roads combined with hazardous weather and other factors, car crashes happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident in York, Harrisburg, or the surrounding areas, let our experienced accident attorneys help you receive the compensation you deserve.