With winter upon us it is a good idea for Pennsylvania drivers to start planning for the hazards which accompany icy, sleety, and snowy roads. To begin preparing for winter driving, you should assess your car or truck to make sure your vehicle is ready to meet the elements.
Your windshield wipers are in good shape and are functioning properly. Visibility is essential when driving in the snow.
Your tires are in good shape, and have air in them. Your tires lose air faster in cold weather.
You have anti-freeze, oil, and power steering fluid.
You visit a mechanic to have your brakes, hoses, and belts checked.
Even after you have made sure that your car is in the proper condition, you should plan for the possibility of an emergency. Other drivers may not have taken the precautions that you have, which means you are still at risk for an accident caused by someone else. Do your best to prepare for an accident on snowy roads.
Make Sure You Have…
A shovel to dig your car out if and when it gets stuck in the snow.
A set of jumper cables. Car batteries tend to lose power faster in cold weather.
Warm clothes in the car. In the event that you are stranded and waiting for assistance, your clothes may get wet from the surrounding snow, which makes a spare sweater, hat, gloves, and a blanket essential for staving off frostbite, hypothermia, or other ailments.
An ice scraper and snow brush to help optimize visibility.
A first aid kit in case of an injury.
Remember that if the roads are in poor condition, the safest thing you can do is not drive. However, if you must drive, check your local TV and radio stations for up-to-date information on the state of roads. And, as always, be careful and patient. For more information, please see the article “Winter Driving Safety” on the Carpey Law website.
You should also request a free copy of Purchasing Auto Insurance in Pennsylvania, an insurance guide written by Stuart A. Carpey.