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Winter driving tips for Pennsylvanians

In the midst of a difficult winter season many people are struggling with the effects of winter. With the snow and cold often come a variety of unusual dangers. These dangers include the increased risk of serious car accidents as road conditions deteriorate during winter storms. As this blog has discussed in the past, when people do not take winter driving conditions into consideration, serious accidents can occur.

However, there are things that people can do to reduce the risk of a car accident while driving in the winter. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in order to practice safe winter driving people should work to prevent crashes, protect themselves from harm and prepare for their trip.

In order to prepare for a winter driving trip, people should practice some important emergency maneuvers in a safe location. This includes steering into a skid and braking on snow or ice. People should also make sure their car is in good working condition and have emergency supplies in their car. These supplies should include an ice scraper, flashlights, food and jumper cables.

To avoid and prevent a winter driving accident, OSHA says that people should make sure to get plenty of rest before their trip to avoid fatigue. They should also take frequent breaks and rotate drivers. People should also remember that it takes longer to brake in winter driving conditions. This means that people need to leave more room in between cars as they travel. This extra room may help to prevent an accident should an emergency occur. People may also need to slow down while driving in winter conditions.

OSHA also reminds people that driving after drinking is extremely dangerous. People can also reduce the risk of injury by wearing their seatbelt and ensuring that children are using the proper safety seat.

By keeping these suggestions in mind, people can hopefully avoid a car accident this winter. However, if an accident occurs, people should make sure to understand their legal rights. If the accident was caused by a negligent driver, an attorney might be necessary.

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