Staying Safe on New Jersey Roadways during Winter Storms

The Northeastern part of the country got two inches of snowfall an hour and up to two feet of snow over the weekend. Many local mayors and governors have requested motorists to remain in their homes and stay off the roads. This is good advice to follow, especially during a winter storm when roads are covered in snow and visibility is extremely poor. Under such conditions, it would be in your best interest to postpone traveling if you can.

If you do have to drive during a winter storm, there are a number of safety measures you can take. Before getting on the roadway, it is important to ensure that your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are in good, working condition. Additionally, you will need plenty of windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. Before leaving your driveway, make sure that all of your windows are clear of ice and snow and put a shovel, ice scrapper, gloves, and a blanket in your vehicle. You should also make sure that your phone is fully charged in case you get stranded and need to call for help.

You should turn on your lights whenever it is raining or snowing to increase your visibility. Whenever possible, you should stick to busy roads that have the greatest chance of being recently plowed. In general, you should slow down, take extra time to stop, and leave multiple car-sized spaces between your vehicle and the other vehicles around you.

It is important to decrease your speed whenever you change lanes, make a turn, enter a curve, or approach an intersection. If your vehicle begins to veer out of control, point your tires in the direction you want to go and apply your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes, hold the down pedal firmly. If you do not have anti-lock brakes, gently pump them until you regain control.

If you have been injured in a New Jersey hazardous roadway car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein. Call us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.