With December upon us and the winter weather really settling in, everyone is preparing for inclement weather. That means making sure the snow blower works, snow shovels are in working condition and stocking up on snow salt for the walkway and steps.
It is always helpful and smart to make sure that you are prepared ahead of time, especially here in Pittsburgh where winter weather ranges from light snowfalls to hail and/or sleet. But what some people forget to keep in mind is that you need to be prepared for more than just clearing your driveway or sidewalk, especially during light snowfalls.
Light snowfalls can be just as dangerous as heavy ones and possibly even more so because a light snowfall means businesses and schools still operate, which means cars, buses and trucks are still on the road. With traffic still the same as any other day, being out on the road can be a bit more dangerous under the slippery conditions. In order to stay safe on snowy roads, it is important to take extra precautions while behind the wheel.
Here are 5 tips for surviving snowy roads:
- Go slow – it should go without saying, but one of the best things to do in snowy weather is to slow down. There is no rush and with visibility most likely impaired due to snowy conditions your reaction time to hazards or other drivers will increase. Going slow helps you stay in control while behind the wheel.
- Increase following distance – snowy roads mean slippery surfaces, which means increased stopping distances. It is important to leave extra space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you so you both have ample room to slow down and stop.
- Promote visibility – it is important to make sure you are visible to other cars on the road. First and foremost, that means making sure your vehicle is clear of snow, especially your headlights and taillights. When driving, make sure you always have your headlights on not only to have the ability to see clearly in front of you but to make yourself visible to other motorists on the road as well.
- Keep vehicle optimal – this means making sure all aspects of your vehicle are in working condition. Make sure all of your lights work to help with visibility. In cold weather, tires lose air pressure, so make sure your tires are inflated to the proper PSI to help with traction on the road. Make sure windshield wipers are in working order to keep your windshield clean during snowfall. Also, make sure your heat/defrosters work to keep new snow melting and windows clear.
- Stay focused – it is simple but paramount to avoid distraction while behind the wheel in snowy weather conditions. That means putting the phone down and concentrating on the task at hand. If you know you will be traveling beforehand, make sure to be well rested to help you remain focused on getting to your destination safely.
It is important to heed the aforementioned tips in order to stay as safe as possible while driving on snowy roads. Unfortunately, some accidents cannot be avoided, especially due to the carelessness of other motorists in the snow.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or because another driver did not take precautions when driving in inclement weather, it is essential you seek out a lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. work in auto accident and personal injury litigation. Contact us at 412-7661455 or via our online contact form to begin discussing your possible case today.
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