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DRIVING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

HKQ Law Attorney Michelle Quinn

Winter can be a time of immense beauty. A fresh layer of snow clinging to trees can create a splendid landscape. But winter’s paintbrush can also be deadly.

“Every year, over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy roads. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to make winter travel safer,” says Attorney Michelle M. Quinn, HKQ Law. “For starters, make sure your car is mechanically sound. Have your mechanic check your lights, brakes, windshield wipers, battery, heater, and tires. Consider installing winter tires. In any event, make sure your tires are properly inflated and not excessively worn. During the winter, always make sure your gas tank is at least half-full.”

Before you start driving, clear all snow or ice off your vehicle, including the roof. Snow or ice can gradually slip down from the top of your car, impairing your view.

When driving in the snow:

  • Drive slowly. (Accelerating, stopping, turning take longer on slippery roads.)
  • Increase your following distances.
  • Don’t power up hills. (Applying extra gas will just get your wheels spinning. Before you reach the hill, try to get a little inertia going and let that carry you to the top.)
  • Don’t stop going up a hill, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Proceed down a hill as slowly as possible.

If you’re making a long-distance winter trip:

  • Check the weather forecast. (Delay your trip if bad weather is expected. If you must travel, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.)
  • Fill your gas tank before your leave.
  • Remember your cell phone and a car charger.
  • Take blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication, high-energy snack foods, and emergency items such as a tow rope, jumper cables, sand or cat litter (traction aid), a flashlight, matches and candles, first aid kit, and a portable radio. Keep this kit in your trunk for the winter season.
  • Make frequent rest stops to improve your alertness.
  • Share the driving if possible.

If you become snow-bound:

  • Stay with your vehicle. (It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you.)
  • Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. (It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.)
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled-up window to signal distress.
  • At night, keep the dome light on if possible (It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.)
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. (Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud so fumes won't back up in the car.)
  • Keep one window slightly open to let in fresh air.

The best tip for dealing with snow is to avoid it. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t.

About Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

Additional information can be found at www.HKQLaw.com or by calling (800) 760-1529.

				

 

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