Planning on driving this winter? OSHA has released a helpful publication related to safe driving during the cold weather months. The publication detailed many helpful driving tips, which can be found below. For more information, please visit OSHA's website, which can be located by clicking this link.
- Keep your car well maintained. This includes having appropriate levels of fluids in your car (like windshield fluid and antifreeze), and making sure that your tires have adequate tread.
- It may be helpful to keep the following tools in your car: a small shovel, jumper cables, emergency flares, and blankets. Many people also keep material in their car that will grip the road if you are stuck in an icy patch, such as sand, cat litter, or rock salt. Others also use floor mats or blankets to help gain traction.
- It is always wise to plan ahead when driving in bad weather and keep maps in your car in case you need to use an alternate route.
- When driving, test your brakes in a safe area so you are aware of how they are gripping the road. Keep in mind that stopping distances are significantly different on ice and water.
- Always use common safety precautions, such as buckling your seat belt, using appropriate child seats, and avoiding use of handheld devices while driving. Keep aware of pedestrians.
- Obviously, don't drink and drive or drive when you are extremely fatigued.
If you have been the victim of a winter driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering. This may include cases where other drivers failed to follow common winter driving safety procedures, such as leaving enough room between cars or failing to remove the ice and snow from their vehicles, which caused an accident. Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained njuries due to the fault or negligence of another. For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.