As a Pennsylvania Driver, you and your car must be both adequately prepared for winter driving conditions. Adverse weather is expected during the winter and can pose a greater risk of road auto accidents. Although driving during this time of the year can require much more caution, it can be done easily with these few steps:
Prepare Your Car
Even with frequent yearly maintenance, your car should still be properly prepared for possible winter weather conditions. This may include:
- Checking your tire pressure
- Changing to winter tires when temperatures drop below 45 degrees
- Testing your battery
- Checking windshield wiper blades and changing them if in need of a replacement
- Keeping the gas tank at least half full to help prevent a gas line freeze
- Making sure to check the cooling system and making sure your heat works
There are also things you can do before leaving your home to be best prepared for winter driving. These may include:
- Setting a few extra minutes aside to warm your car up before beginning to drive
- If there are signs of any oncoming storm, trying to remain inside until it has passed
- Cleaning external cameras, side view mirrors, and sensors of any dirt, ice, or snow so each can be used in optimal condition.
- Never running your vehicle inside a closed garage - this could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has also prepared a Winter Driving Guide to help drivers ensure optimal safety when driving in the winter.
Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorneys
Even with proper preparation, motor vehicle accidents are not entirely preventable. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to weather conditions or another driver's negligence, you may be owed financial compensation. Working with an attorney can benefit you and your case by increasing your chances of a successful outcome. Here at van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, we have a team of skilled attorneys who are getting you to get the justice you deserve. Let us be your voice.
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