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Cold Weather Driving Safety

As the seasons start to change in Pennsylvania most drivers know that cold weather is coming soon, and your driving habits will need to adjust. Driving in the snow and ice presents a variety of new challenges for commuters and others on the roads in the winter and avoiding an accident gets more difficult.

If you’ve lived in Pennsylvania for a while you are probably aware of most of the basic winter driving safety tips such as leaving longer following distances and accelerating more slowly. But it can always help to have a refresher of winter and cold weather driving safety tips as well as go through your winter driving checklist.

Driving Tips

When the roads are icy or snowy, driving habits should change to help encourage safety and avoid accidents. There are several winter driving tips you may want to consider including:

  • Avoiding using cruise control
  • Steer in the direction of a skid if you lose control
  • Accelerate and decelerate more slowly
  • Increase following/braking distance (eight to 10 seconds is recommended)
  • Don’t break or accelerate too much while driving uphill

Using these tips and driving more slowly and carefully can help you avoid getting into trouble on the roads. Reminding yourself of these tips is a good way to start getting ready for the upcoming cold weather.

Going through a winter preparedness checklist is another good way to start getting ready for the winter.

Winter Driving Checklist

Being prepared is a good first step in keeping yourself safe while on the roads this winter. This checklist can help you ensure your vehicle is ready for any potential cold weather hazards. Be sure to:

  • Test your battery and ensure it’s in good condition with good power
  • Check your tires for tread and tire pressure
  • Replace your wiper blades if needed
  • Always keep at least a half tank of gas in your car during the winter
  • Prepare an emergency kit including
    • Warm clothes/blankets
    • Flashlight
    • Spare tire
    • Jumper cables
    • First aid kit
    • Car charger for cell phone
    • Cat litter for traction
    • Snow brush/scraper and shovel

Preparation can help get you out of a tricky situation should you get into an accident or have other road trouble this winter.

The colder months always present more challenges for people who need to be on the roads. If you are commuting, travelling or just running errands, take extra care to be safe this winter.


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