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Driving Tips in Changing Weather

2014-03-17 Auto Accidents

Where you live typically determines the conditions in which you are comfortable driving. For example, in the South, you may never experience a pothole or black ice, whereas in the Northeast, both are common. But the crazy weather patterns we are seeing across the United States have thrown many out of their driving comfort zones. In January 2014, snow fell in South Carolina during a rare winter storm. And the Northeast experienced subzero temperatures associated with places like Chicago. Some driving tips in changing weather provide a good refresher and starting point to make sure your road trips are safe even in the worst weather.

Advice from the experts

AAA offers the following driving tips for motorists navigating weather-worn road conditions:

  • Avoid driving while you are fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on changing weather reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seatbelt every time you get into your vehicle.

Emergency kit

In addition to driving safely, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recommends packing a Emergency kit for your vehicle that includes the following items:

  • Battery-operated radio
  • Jumper cables
  • Cellphone and charger
  • First aid supplies
  • Extra warm clothing and gloves
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food
  • In case of snow: shovel, sand/salt

Whether you are a veteran driver or navigating bad weather for the first time, respect the hazards posed by changing road conditions. Be smart, and drive safely and cautiously. The personal injury attorneys at Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. can skillfully represent you in the event you are injured in any automobile accident.

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