If you’ve lived here long then you know that Pennsylvania roads can get pretty dangerous during the winter months. A massive snowfall has the potential to leave even major roads in disarray. To stay safe, Pennsylvania drivers should do their best to stay informed on safe winter driving practices as well as what to do in the event of a winter driving accident.
The following are excellent winter driving safety tips to help keep you safe during the snowy months. For better results, use this list in conjunction with our other winter driving articles.
Plan Your Route.
If you are going to go out driving on potentially hazardous roads, at least know the precise route you are going to take and likelihood that those roads will be icy and/or under-plowed. Check the radio or internet for weather developments. There are also road condition hotlines established by the Department of Transportation (DOT) which you can call for information. Planning your route will help you stay safe.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, de-hydration can lead to impaired alertness and driver fatigue — especially during the winter months. On icy roads, any decrease in alertness can be hazardous.
Just as you should be sure to stay hydrated, you should make sure to feed yourself well. Your body requires more nourishing foods during the winter, and the foods should be nourishing. try to refrain from sugary snacks, focusing instead on heartier foods. Keep some food in the car with you as well. If you are stuck in the snow anywhere, you’ll want some provisions.
Have a Safety / First Aid Kit.
Along with water and food, you should gather for yourself a kit of necessities just in case you are involved in a car accident in snowy weather. Your kit should include some (or, preferably, all) of the following:
· Cellular phone
· Blanket and / or warm clothes
· Can of lock de-icer
· Ice scraper
· Ice brush
· Cat litter, to create traction
Before going out in potentially dangerous weather, you should make sure that your car is in good condition. Put air in your tires. Check your oil, power steering, and anti-freeze levels. Note the quality of your windshield wipers. You don’t want to get involved in an otherwise avoidable accident due to something as simple as poor windshield wipers. Try your best to consider all angles. Also, check out the other winter driving safety tips articles on the Carpey Law website.