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You passed your PA driver's license test and are a good, safe driver. However, you might not know that there are a few factors that make winter driving a lot different than other seasons.  Here are some tips tha may be new to you and can save you and your passengers from injury in the future!  

  • You should always decrease your speed and leave at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  • Remember to brake gently to avoid skidding, and to use low gears to keep traction on hills.
  • Keep your lights and windshield clean to increase visibility.  
  • Be particularly careful on bridges and overpasses, which will freeze first.  
  • You should NEVER pass snow plows because it's likely that the road in front of the trucks is much worse than the road behind them.  
  • Of course, the best tip is, if you don't have to travel in winter weather...DON'T! 

However, despite our best efforts, sometimes an accident is unavoidable.  If an accident does occur it's important to know that Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state.  Comparative negligence simply means that if your negligence contributed to the accident, your damages will then be reduced by the amount of your negligence.  So, please take every precaution to decrease the chances of contributing to an accident, and properly prepare your vehicle and yourself for the conditions ahead. 

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