Driving in the snow and on icy roads are dangerous.

A giant storm clobbered parts of the urban Northeast recently, dumping a foot or more of snow, grounding thousands of flights, closing government offices in the nation’s capital and making a perilous ride home for millions of motorists.

The National Weather Service said Manalapan, New Jersey got 15.5 inches of snow and parts of New York City received 10 inches.

The best tip for winter driving is to stay home, or at least remain where you are until snow plows and sanding crews have done their work. It’s not worth taking a risk. If you crash on an icy road, you certainly will be late – or worse.

Since you can’t always call in to work claiming a “snow day”, it’s better to learn how to correctly deal with driving in the snow. The following can save your life and those around you:

  • Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Get a grip – Make sure your tires have adequate snow traction or if you live where the roads are regularly covered with snow, use snow tires.
  • Make sure you can see where you’re going – Clean the inside of your windows thoroughly and replace windshield wiper blades.
  • Check your lights – Use headlights so that others will see you. Make sure your headlights and taillights are free of snow.
  • Use your air conditioner – To remove condensation and frost from the interior of the windows.
  • Know how to use your brakes properly in winter weather – With antilock brakes, remember stomp, stay and steer.
  • Watch out for black ice – If the road looks slick, it probably is. Black ice, most of the time, looks transparent.

No matter what the weather is like, accidents can happen at any time and without warning. If you follow the above tips, they may help prevent snowy and icy roads from ruining your day.

If a winter accident has left you hurt, make sure you have someone on your side fighting for your rights. Call the legal team at the Personal Injury & Accident law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi and let us help you pursue a recovery you deserve. Contact one of our offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey or New York City today.