Critical reminders for driving in winter weather

December will be upon us before we know it, and then drivers will soon be facing Pennsylvania’s snowiest months. The amount of snow Lancaster County gets each year is often unpredictable, but all drivers must be prepared to navigate dangerous conditions in the coming months, regardless of how much snow falls.

According to PennDOT, both the risk and the number of car crashes usually increase in December. So, here are a few important reminders for drivers as we get closer to the winter.

1. Conduct a safety check

Drivers should take time to conduct a safety check on their own or take their vehicle into an auto shop to ensure the vehicle is in good working condition. In particular, drivers should check:

  • Engine and transmission;
  • Headlights and wipers;
  • Oil and other fluids;
  • Tires and tire treads; and
  • Brakes.

Checking the vehicle in advance means there is one less thing to worry about while out on the road this winter.

2. Make an emergency kit

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises all drivers to have an emergency kit in their vehicle in the cold weather months. In the case that their vehicle does not start, or they are in an accident involving a negligent driver or even a deer, the winter weather can make it harder for emergency services to reach them.

Therefore, drivers should keep supplies in their car such as:

  • A first aid kit
  • Shovel and broom
  • Jumper cables
  • Sand
  • Water and food
  • Cellphone charger
  • Blankets

Having these supplies on hand can make all the difference if drivers find themselves in a stressful situation, such as after an accident.

3. Take your time and drive defensively

Even if individuals find themselves late for work or an event, they must ensure they take it slow on the roads this winter. Snow, ice and low visibility create incredibly dangerous conditions. And, unfortunately, it is not always possible to rely on other drivers to be responsible.

It can help if drivers:

  • Try and give themselves plenty of time to travel and arrive at their destination;
  • Adjust their speed, braking and driving to the weather conditions;
  • Keep both hands on the wheel, as well as one’s eyes and mind on the road; and
  • Increase following distance between vehicles.

Taking extra precautions this winter can help Pennsylvania drivers avoid being involved in a devastating accident.

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