Living in Northeastern Pennsylvania we are no strangers to winter storms. Winter driving conditions like snow and ice dramatically affect one’s driving behaviors. For example, a driver’s ability to stop smoothly and safely can be severely limited because of reduced tire traction.
Three key factors to remember when driving in hazardous winter conditions:
It’s best to make sure that your vehicle is serviced and ready for winter driving conditions before the winter season begins. Scheduling a maintenance check-up to ensure that your vehicle’s tire pressure, battery, belts/hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heater/defroster, windshield wipers, and ignition system are all sufficient. Here is another tip: keep your gas tank as full as possible, at least half a tank is recommended.
Here are some safe driving tips to know when driving in the snow/ice:
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FDA), snow and ice account for:
Even if you were doing your best to drive with caution in snow or ice, crashes do happen. While these tips cannot guarantee you will not be involved in a crash, they can reduce your risks significantly. If you are injured while driving, regardless of the weather, contact our team of attorneys at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.
Preparing for Winter Driving — How to Drive in Snow and Ice