Winter Weather Driving TipsJanuary 4, 2020
With winter weather quickly approaching, it is important for you to stay safe while driving on snow and ice-covered roads. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, winter storms and bad road conditions contribute to more than 2,000 road deaths every winter. Although you cannot control the weather, there are things you can do to stay safe while behind the wheel of your vehicle this winter.
- Do not try to drive in a winter storm if it is unnecessary.
- If you are planning on taking a long-distance trip, have your car checked by a professional. A professional mechanic can check your lights, battery, tires, and cooling system.
- Drive at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. You do not want to drive too close behind a car.
- Driving too fast during a snowstorm can lead to you losing control of your vehicle and ending up in an accident. Take your time and do not rush.
- Check the weather before hitting the road. Watching the weather before leaving your house gives you the option of delaying your trip or cancelling it until conditions clear up.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. Emergency kits should contain batteries, blankets, bottled water, a flashlight, and warm clothing.
- Be sure your vehicle has enough gas to get you where you are going. You will want to have at least half a tank of gas before venturing out.
- Notify friends and/or family members before getting on the road. Let them know your route, your destination, and the estimated time of your arrival.
- Pay attention to roads that look like they are wet as it may actually be black ice.
- Remove snow and ice from your car before driving.
- Always wear your seat belt.
Tips If You are Stranded in a Snowstorm
If you are stranded in a snowstorm, there are a few things you can do to stay safe:
- Do not roam away from your vehicle. Leaving your vehicle to seek help is a bad idea. It will be easier for rescuers to locate you if you remain in your vehicle.
- Do not keep your engine running. Only run it every so often to knock the chill out. It is important to preserve your fuel.
- Make sure your car’s exhaust pipe is not clogged. If your exhaust pipe is clogged, it can cause carbon monoxide to leak inside the car. Be sure to remove any clogged snow or ice from the exhaust pipe.
Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Represent Individuals Injured in Winter Weather-Related Car Accidents
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact a Delaware County car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. Our experienced lawyers will fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 610-892-4940. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester.