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How to drive in winter weather

Though it has been a mild December so far, Pittsburgh residents know that sooner or later winter will arrive. And with it will come ice and snow on the roads.

Winter driving season always seems to begin with a sharp increase in the number of car accidents. Many drivers fail to adjust their habits for the poor road conditions, causing them to crash into others. Sometimes, people suffer serious injury because of someone else’s negligent refusal to exercise caution.

For those about to experience their first Western Pennsylvania winter, or those who could use a quick refresher, here is some advice on how to drive safely when the roads are slippery, as provided by KSL-TV:

Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is in good working order by getting regular scheduled maintenance. Check your tires, wiper blades, lights and so on, and remove all ice and snow.

While driving on icy roads, go more slowly than you normally would and increase your following distance to up to eight to 10 seconds. Avoid sudden lane changes and other moves, which can cause your vehicle to skid. If you have antilock brakes, remember to apply firm pressure instead of pumping them in the event of a skid. Turn into the direction you are sliding.

Be extra cautious on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which tend to freeze over first and stay frozen the longest. Above all, remain focused and alert while driving.

Even the most careful motorists can get into a crash, especially when another driver nearby is acting recklessly or negligently. They can get seriously hurt and wind up in terrible pain, with huge hospital bills and lost wages threatening their family. For advice on what to do in this situation, please contact a personal injury lawyer.

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