Winter is upon us and so are icy conditions, which cause many car accidents. Winter is always rough in Philadelphia. Even without snow, the moist Atlantic air keeps conditions slippery for the duration of the season. At McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, we are aware of the risks associated with wintry weather driving and would like to provide practical advice for drivers this winter.
It is always best to remain off the roads during winter conditions, but this is not always practical. So if you must drive, following are some tips which may help you avoid a crash in snow and ice.
Tips for Avoiding Winter Car Accidents in Philadelphia
Nearly all car accidents are the result of two or more factors, so minimizing vehicle problems in advance will reduce the likelihood of car crashes. The following 10 tips for avoiding car accidents during winter conditions may save you from devastating personal injuries.
- Warm up the car before driving, but never within a closed space such as a parking garage (carbon monoxide kills).
- If stranded, remain with your car and set flares front and back. Ensure no blockage of the exhaust pipe (this can stall the vehicle and make the situation worse).
- Do not use cruise control in snow and ice.
- Do not use the parking brake except when parked.
- Do not mix tire types (i.e. bias with radials).
- Do not speed up nor brake quickly.
- Increase following distance.
- Try not to stop when going uphill.
- If the car has antilock brakes, learn how to use them properly.
- Make sure the car is well-serviced prior to winter (ignition, brakes, plugs, battery, wiring, hoses, belts, tires, antifreeze, and filters in top condition).
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Those With Personal Injuries
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, help is needed soon. The Philadelphia car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC have been helping people receive rightful compensation for losses due to winter condition car accidents. Call 215-569-8488 for a free consultation, or contact us online.