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.
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.
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.