It happens every year around this time; it’s winter in Pennsylvania again! The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) has some very helpful tips for safe winter driving on its highway safety website, www.JustDrivePA.org. The lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C. in Reading wanted to share PennDOT’s winter driving tips from the website:
“Remember, if winter weather is forecast, eliminate all unnecessary travel. This will keep you and your family safe and allow PennDOT to more easily perform our winter duties. However, if you must travel, PennDOT offers the following tips for safe driving this winter season.
- Carry a winter emergency travel kit.
- Listen to weather and travel advisories, and if you don’t have to travel in bad weather, don’t.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full.
- Slow down and increase following distance.
- Avoid sudden stops and starts.
- Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”
- Use extra caution on bridges and ramps where ice can often form without warning.
- Carry a cell phone.
- Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.
- State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.
- Use your low beams in bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.
- Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights as often as needed.
- Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. State law states that if snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.
- Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.
- Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side).
- Make sure someone else knows where you are going and when you expect to arrive. In case you run into an emergency and need help, someone will know where to look for you.
- If you do become stranded, it’s better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.
- Do not drink and drive and always wear your seat belt.”
(Source: www.JustDrivePA.org, Traffic Safety Information Topics, Winter Driving, January 8, 2015).
If you are involved in an automobile accident in which you, or a family member, are injured due to someone else’s carelessness, you should talk to a lawyer about your rights. The lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C. have been helping injured people in Reading, PA, Pottsville, PA and throughout Central and Eastern Pennsylvania obtain fair compensation for their injuries caused by auto accidents for over 50 years.
From the desk of Adam K. Levin, Esquire