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.

With winter driving preparations, it can be helpful if drivers have brakes, ignition, wiring, tire wear and air pressure, hoses and fan belts and antifreeze levels checked by a certified mechanic. When it comes to avoiding crashes and skids on slick or icy roads, the American Automobile Association suggests watching acceleration levels, not mixing different types of tires, resisting the temptation to use cruise control or the parking brake in wet or cold conditions, and increasing the following distance to 10 seconds. The National Safety Council also encourages drivers to come prepared with spare tires, jumper cables, a first aid and tool kit and other essential emergency supplies.

When motor vehicle accidents occur because of winter weather conditions, there’s a possibility of negligent actions also being a contributing factor. If this is the case, an attorney may prove to be a valuable ally for an injured party. With instances where liability after a car accident is contested, a lawyer might be able to establish negligence with supporting evidence. An attorney may also deal with insurance company issues that arise as the result of an accident, including difficulties a client might have with receiving compensation.