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Winter driving preparations for Pennsylvania motorists

Driving in Pennsylvania during the winter can sometimes be difficult for motorists in the Keystone State, especially when conditions affecting traction and visibility suddenly develop. The National Safety Council is making an effort to educate drivers on new available technologies designed to help regain traction and reduce accident risks when conditions are hazardous. The non-profit organization is also encouraging drivers to take sensible precautions when heading to their destination during the winter months.

The NSC recommends that drivers warm up their vehicles first before hitting the road on cold winter days although the organization does suggest being cautious about leaving a car running in enclosed spaces. Experts also suggest that drivers either avoid driving altogether in weather that naturally increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents or let others know about their travel plans in advance. If motorists are stranded in an unfamiliar place, the NSC recommends remaining in the vehicle and lighting emergency flares.

What to do if you are in a car accident

There were over 128,000 car crashes in Pennsylvania in 2017. These crashes claimed over 1,000 lives and injured over 80,000 people, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Car crashes happen all too often. Still, sometimes it is difficult to know what to do after one does happen.

Being in a car accident can be a frightening experience. Regardless of what happened, it is important to stay calm. If you are physically able, there are several actions you should take immediately following an accident.

Stay safe when traveling for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, Pennsylvania’s roads will be seeing a lot of traffic over the next few days. It is estimated that the Pennsylvania Turnpike, all on its own, will have around 3.7 million cars and trucks travel on it in the time around the Thanksgiving holiday. It is important for all drivers who will be traveling in connection to the Thanksgiving to act responsibly out on the roads.

Unfortunately, the Thanksgiving travel period can see a fair number of traffic accidents. Last year, there were a little over 2,900 accidents over this period here in Pennsylvania, according to state data.

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