You may be among the many people here in Pennsylvania who thinks snowfall and snow on the ground is a beautiful sight, until you have to drive in it. Sometimes road crews can't clear the roads fast enough, or part of the leftover snow ices over, which makes driving hazardous. Even roads that are simply wet after crews plow them can create a potential hazard.
You probably do what you can to make sure that you reach your destination safely. Knowing how to prepare yourself and your vehicle for driving under these conditions could save your life.
Driving in snow requires some adjustments
You may already know that you need to adjust your driving habits in winter weather, but everyone could use a refresher now and then. The following suggestions could help you and your passengers reach your destination safely:
- Increase following distance
- Slow down
- Slow down and speed up slowly
- Don't stop unless necessary
- Don't slam on the brakes
- Keep going uphill
- Keep a steady speed uphill
Keeping these tips in mind could keep you from getting nowhere fast. Of course, if you have the option of remaining home when the roads are bad, this might be a good opportunity to catch up on reading, watch some movies and enjoy some down time.
More winter weather driving suggestions
Knowing what to do when behind the wheel is only part of the equation when it comes to winter driving. The following are some other suggestions to help make safety a priority in winter weather:
- Buckle up
- Avoid drowsy driving
- Avoid cruise control
- Properly inflate your tires
- Use either all radial tires or no radial tires at all
- Avoid using your parking brake
- Look and steer in the same direction
- Fill up your gas tank
You and your vehicle need to be in good working order at all times, but this is especially important during inclement weather and hazardous road conditions.
Rear-end collisions are common in winter weather
Even when you take measures to stay safe on the road, not everyone else does. If the vehicle behind you fails to take the appropriate steps to drive safely, you could end up in a rear-end collision. Even at low speeds, you could suffer significant injuries that may impact your life for some time, or even forever.
You could incur a significant amount of medical bills, lose income due to needing to take time off and sustain other damages. You may find that filing a personal injury claim could help you recover from your financial losses.