Winter Driving in New Jersey
Navigating New Jersey Roadways in the Winter
I know we hear a lot about the heat aspect of climate change, but our winters are also getting impacted by these new extreme weather patterns. Despite the weather, we still have to carry on our day-to-day activities, which often involve a commute to work, school and other activities via car. What do you need to know about driving in New Jersey during the winter months? How can you help keep your family safe this winter? Get all the answers and more below.
What to Expect: Winters in New Jersey
On average, the state of New Jersey gets about 22 inches of snow each winter. Over the course of 2018, climatologists confirmed that the state got more precipitation than any other year on record. That meant a drastic increase in the rain, sleet, snow and ice last year. Can we expect more of the same this coming winter? The Farmers Almanac is already predicting that this year’s winter will bring “near-normal” snowfall levels, but it will also have above-normal precipitation again. That means we can expect another long round of sleet and ice. Find out how to stay safe while driving through these less than ideal conditions below.
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Almost everyone in New Jersey has had to drive through snow and ice at some point. Snow causes low visibility, whereas ice can create traction issues. What’s the best way to keep you and your family safe while driving in the winter? Follow these tips:
- If the weather is bad, then don’t drive unless you have to
- Prepare your car by checking antifreeze levels and tires
- Keep blankets and cold-weather gear in your car
- Increase your following distance between cars
- Obey all traffic laws
Here’s another great tip. If you have to get out in bad weather, then make sure to tell someone about your plans. Let them know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. If you do get into an emergency situation, then this person can tell authorities about your route.
What If I’m Involved in an Accident?
If you do get into a crash in the winter, then it’s important to keep yourself warm. If your car breaks down without heat, then it’s best to remain in your car and call the authorities for help.
Contact a Red Bank Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Winter Car Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a winter car accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. P.C. represent clients injured because of winter car accidents in Matawan, Keyport, Perth Amboy, Asbury Park and throughout New Jersey. Call 732-333-8141 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 25 Reckless Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701 as well as offices in Hazlet and Brick.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.