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10 Tips for PA Winter Driving Safety

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A recent article in the New York Times Magazine has found that dangerous driving is once again a serious issue in America. According to the article, in September 2023, the U.S. Department of Transportation released data that showed that 21 states had recorded climbing rates of fatal crashes in 2023 compared with the same period in 2022.

Not only is it dangerous for other drivers to be on the roads, but pedestrians as well — a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that SUVs or vans with a hood height that’s greater than 40 inches are 45 percent more likely to kill pedestrians than smaller cars.

Unfortunately, the winter weather does pose a significant threat to many Pennsylvanians each year. Snowy weather causes treacherous conditions on our roadways. Each winter, we hear stories of people injured and killed in auto accidents across Pennsylvania caused by drivers who don’t use proper care in hazardous conditions.

Pennsylvania drivers need to stay safe when hitting the roadways during the season. Although we would all like to stay inside and watch the snow fall, we are still expected to go to work, run errands, or pick up the kids from school. Suppose you do find yourself heading out in the snow and ice this winter. In that case, you can stay safe on the roadways by following these winter weather safety tips from the NHTSA:

Safety Tips For Driving in Winter Weather

  • Get a tune-up. Make sure your car is running properly and not likely to break down.
  • Check for fluid leaks. Visit your mechanic for routine vehicle maintenance, such as checking for fluid levels and detecting leaks.
  • Make sure your battery has sufficient voltage. It takes more cranking power to start your vehicle in cold weather.
  • Use the right coolant mix. A 50/50 mix of coolant to water is usually sufficient, but ask your mechanic.
  • Flush your cooling system. Dirt and rust particles can clog the system and cause it to fail.
  • See that your windshield wipers and defrosters are working properly. Refill the windshield washer reservoir with high-quality, no-freeze washer fluid.
  • Get a good ice scraper. Remove snow and ice from all windows and mirrors and keep them clean.
  • Inspect your tires. See that they are filled to the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure. Check tread depth to make sure your tires are appropriate for winter driving conditions.
  • Stock your vehicle with essentials. These might include a snow shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, warning devices, mobile phone, food and water, and medicines.
  • Stay home. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and wait until conditions improve.

Drivers who fail to take safety steps in winter weather pose a risk of harm to themselves and others. If you were involved in a winter auto accident and need some help with your car accident claim, our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers are here to help. Contact a car accident lawyer at Munley Law today to schedule a free consultation.

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