Attorney Big Al Calls For Safer Driving In Snow This Winter Season, Offers Tips For Car Owners

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After a deadly pileup in Pennsylvania near the end of January, Attorney Big Al calls for increased awareness of winter driving safety.

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Attorney Big Al, Alon Barzakay

We always recommend that all drivers familiarize themselves with defensive driving tactics and winter road safety

Winter driving is inherently more dangerous than other driving because the conditions are more difficult for vehicles. This was especially true in Pennsylvania on January 31st, where a 40 car pileup left one person dead and nine injured. Defensive driving tactics and a working knowledge of best winter driving practices can prevent accidents from occurring in the future, but American drivers must be proactive in their safe driving.

Attorney Big Al is concerned with the rising and reoccurring winter death rate seen in cases like the Pennsylvania pileup. This year could be the year when winter crash rates stop increasing if drivers on the road drive defensively during adverse conditions.

Big Al commented, “We always see an increase in vehicle litigation cases during winter months when snow and other dangerous conditions cause more accidents. The pileup we saw in Pennsylvania last month was truly a sad way to begin 2017, and we always recommend that all drivers familiarize themselves with defensive driving tactics and winter road safety.”

Attorney Big Al sees many vehicle litigation cases that result from careless driving during winter weather, and he understands that the best way to avoid increased crash and death rates is to respond to prevent and be proactive before the accident occurs. Practicing defensive driving is one of two key tactics to staying safe on the roads in the wintertime.

Defensive driving involves anticipating the actions of other vehicle drivers on the road to prevent accidents before they happen. By driving defensively, drivers maintain a high level of vigilance on the roads, monitoring their surroundings constantly to give themselves more reaction time if another driver loses control of their vehicle or drives unsafely. Defensive driving courses are common in almost every city.

Big Al also recommends accelerating and decelerating slowly, as reaction times are increased during dangerous weather conditions. Slowly accelerating or decelerating gives cold or frozen brakes a chance chance to heat up and become more effective. Also, check that your tires are properly inflated before leaving your house. Cold weather can cause air pressure to drop, reducing vehicular control. Ensure your gas tank is at least halfway full to reduce the chance that it will freeze in very cold weather, and avoid using your parking brake, as it may stick. As always, use your seat belt every time you get in your vehicle.

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