In these harsh winter weather conditions, many car drivers across our state of Pennsylvania, as well as the country, are dealing with less than desirable road conditions. According to news source Syracuse.com, the phenomenon of "flash-freezing" is causing major problems on both roads and sidewalks across the East Coast this winter.
Unfortunately, winter is not over yet. We still need to take care when driving on the roads in our icy winter conditions. Recently, there was a report on a PA road involving an accident due to icy conditions. According to news reports, a car was driving on the highway when ice from a nearby tractor-trailer hit the car, shattering most of the windshield and injuring a passenger inside. The injured party had to be taken to a nearby hospital. Local police are stating that the accident is a hit and run.
Unfortunately, there have been many recent reports in central and western Pennsylvania involving accidents due to winter road conditions. Ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain can cause accidents for even the most careful of drivers. There are some important things to consider when driving this winter, which, even though they may be second nature to most native Pennsylvanians, are worth checking out to see if there is anything you're missing!
t'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.
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!
- 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.
Are you planning on hitting the road this holiday season? If so, you will be joining tens of thousands of other Americans who are doing the same thing. It is vitally important to be safe on the road, as many other cars will be traveling to reach their family and friensd as well. Although you may be excited and anxious to reach your destination, it is important to follow basic safety precautions to avoid accident or injury to yourself or others.