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Stop, Slow Down, and Winterize! Tips and Tricks For Safe Winter Driving

Unfortunately, it's that time of year again when we should start thinking about winterizing our vehicles.  Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr would like to offer a few tips that will help with this process.   
  • Check your TIRES - You should always check to make sure your tires are fully inflated to manufacturer's specifications.  Usually this information is on the inside the driver's side door. 
  • Check your BRAKES - A mechanic should be able to do an evaluation of the brake pads and braking system to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Check your FLUID LEVELS - You should always check your oil, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid.  However, you should also be aware of your coolant levels.
  • Check your BATTERY - A battery that is not working properly may result in you being stranded this winter.
  • Check your WINDSHIELD WIPERS - If your windshield wipers are not properly clearing the windshield you may have an obstructed view of what's ahead.
  • Put together an EMERGENCY KIT containing a cell phone, a heavy blanket, gloves, salt/sand, a flashlight, water and non-perishable food.
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. 
Some preventative maintenance and exercising a little caution can go a long way in preventing an accident from occurring in the first place, and protecting you from liability.  However, if you are injured in a vehicle accident this winter please allow Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr to review your claim at our Altoona, PA law firm. 

PA Sees Marked Decrease In Traffic Deaths--Lowest Since 1928!

Good news, Pennsylvania drivers! According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fewer people have been killed in car accidents last year than since 1928.  Additionally, the number of overall car crashes also fell.  It is great to know that the number of state highway accidents has also fallen over 20% in the past 15 years, which is close to the nationwide trend of a 25% decline in the past 10 years.  Some of these great statistics are due, in part, to enhanced safety features in newer cars and also heightened campaigns to battle drunk driving and texting/cell phone use while driving.  In Pennsylvania alone, over $50M has been used to improve safety at 4,000 areas across the state, including repainting highway lines and putting in rumble strips. More PA drivers and passengers are using seat belts than in previous years, and fewer drivers are also driving while intoxicated.  Great job, Pennsylvania drivers! 

Workzone Safety Awareness Week

This week, Department of Transportation organizations across the country kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week.  This is an annual event to encourage safety for both workers and travelers through our country's highway work zones.  This campaign is especially important at this time of year, when so many highways are undergoing spring and summer maintenance to repair the damage left by the harsh winter weather.  This year, the theme of National Work Zone Awareness Week is "Expected The Unexpected".  This theme was used 15 years ago, and is focused on showing drivers why it is so critical to be alert, cautious, and attentive while driving through road construction.  

Can You Pass These Winter Driving Quizzes?

Do you think that you have what it takes to pass these two winter driving quizzes?  These tests, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Allegheny College, will test your knowledge about safe driving habits and winter guidelines in Pennsylvania.

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