If You Have to Drive in a Blizzard, Keep These Tips in Mind
Posted January 26th, 2015 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Auto Accidents.
If you live anywhere in the tri-state area, you know by now that a huge blizzard is on its way to our area. The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone wishes that everyone stays safe for the next couple of days. Please check on your loved ones and make sure your pets are indoors.
Although it is inadvisable to drive in a blizzard, sometimes we have no choice, especially if your job is essential. So keep these tips in mind if you have to go out in the next 24 hours:
- Pack an emergency kit in case you are stuck on the road. Make sure you have water, food, blankets, coats, first aid supplies.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full. It will help weigh down your car, giving it more traction on the snow.
- Remember to clear all the ice and snow off your car before driving. Not only will you not have snow flying off your vehicle while driving, but it’s a law in New Jersey.
- Put on your headlights so other cars will see you when you are approaching.
- Use common sense while driving. Even SUVs or cars with four-wheel drive can slide in the snow.
- Keep a safe distance from other cars and stay a safe yet steady speed. No tailgating and make sure there’s enough room between you and the driver ahead of you in case he/she has to stop suddenly.
- Instead of trying to power up a hill, apply light pressure to the gas. The more pressure you use, the better the chance your car will slide.
- If your car starts to skid, remember to steer into the skid and ease up on the gas.
And don’t forget, if you get into a car accident while in a blizzard, you’re going to need help with the insurance company. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone for a free consultation. Stay safe, New Jersey.