The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania State Police have issued a winter weather warning to drivers to be cautious of slippery, icy roads after snow and falling temperatures appear to have been a factor in several traffic accidents recently. Heavier snow is expected to fall over the next few days with an approaching storm front.
In an advisory sent out, state police cautioned motorists to avoid unnecessary travel; however, if driving was required, they urged motorists to be careful, particularly on ramps and bridges, which usually freeze quickly and can accumulate more snow than other sections of a road.
The following driving safety tips are for all motorists, not just those driving passenger vehicles, who travel during the winter season, suggested by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:
- Always travel with your gas tank at least half full.
- Avoid suddenly stopping.
- Be careful of roads that look wet, but are actually frozen.
- Before driving, clear ice and snow from your vehicle’s windows, mirrors, and lights.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on snowy roads-this can decrease your reaction time if something occurs suddenly.
- Drive slower than usual and increase the following distance between your vehicle and others on the road.
- Drive with your headlights on so other motorists can see you more clearly.
- Have your cell phone as well as a winter emergency travel kit, with items such as matches, jumper cables, flashlight, first aid supplies, blankets, and more.
- If you become stranded, stay in your vehicle until help arrives. You should run your vehicle’s engine about every hour, but be certain the tailpipe is not obstructed and keep a window that is downwind open.
- Let someone know that you are traveling somewhere and when you expect to arrive; in case of an emergency, someone will know where to look for you.
- Of course, always wear your seatbelt.
- Use low beams in bad weather, such as heavy or blowing snow.
Planning ahead can help prevent winter weather traffic accidents. Unfortunately, however, many motorists do not use caution when they drive, which puts themselves and all others on the road at risk. The Philadelphia car accident attorneys at Anapol Weiss provide legal assistance to those who have been injured in car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania caused by another’s negligence. If you have been injured in a traffic accident in Philadelphia, our lawyers will help you understand your legal options and explain what compensation may be available to you. To learn more, contact our law office today by calling 1-866-735-2792.