If you live in Pennsylvania, you know that the winter months can bring many challenges for drivers. From cold temperatures and snow and from ice to sleet, you never know what you’ll face when you wake up.
Driving in inclement weather is a challenge, as even a simple mistake can result in a serious accident that causes injuries or death. Here are five things you can do to drive safely in winter weather:
- Slow down. Even if you do nothing else, watching your speed greatly enhances your safety. The faster you’re driving, the more difficult it is to stop your vehicle, especially in wet weather.
- Watch for changing road conditions. For example, you may be driving on dry pavement one second and snow-covered pavement the next. If you don’t adjust your driving style accordingly, you could quickly lose control of your vehicle.
- Don’t stop when going up hill. If you’re climbing a hill that’s covered in ice and/or snow, don’t stop your momentum. Doing so makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to get moving again. Not to mention the fact that you could slide backward and cause an accident.
- Don’t brake hard. The harder you brake in wet weather conditions, the greater chance there is that you’ll skid and lose control of your vehicle.
- Pull to safety. Even if you have somewhere to be, don’t risk your well-being. Rather than power through the snow and hope you can maintain control of your vehicle, pull to safety or turn around and head home. It’s not the ideal situation, but it’s the safest thing you can do.
As you follow this advice, you may find that others aren’t doing the same. There are always drivers who don’t adjust their style in the winter, even if it means putting other people at risk.
If a negligent driver strikes your vehicle, move to safety and call 911. The responding officer can file a report, while the ambulance can transport you to a hospital for examination and treatment of any injuries.
Once the dust settles, learn more about what caused the accident. This will help you make key decisions when filing an insurance claim and attempting to protect your legal rights.