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Patience is a virtue during winter storms

February 11, 2011
By CHUCK DICKEN

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year in central Pennsylvania but, it can also be a hazardous time for drivers. Did you know information from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency shows the leading cause of death during winter storms are transportation related accidents? Winter driving is totally different than any other kind of driving. Preparing your vehicle for the winter months and knowing how to operate your vehicle when encountering snow and ice are the keys to safe winter driving. Even then, anyone can have a mishap on winter roads, including yours truly. Recently, I got up bright and early one Saturday morning and left my house to run a few errands. Overnight a fresh layer of snow had accumulated on the roads and had not yet been attended to by the road crew. As I rounded a turn in my development, my vehicle slid on the icy road and I ended up in a neighbor's yard. I wasn't injured, but unfortunately my vehicle sustained moderate damage along with some of my neighbor's landscaping. So please, consider the following safety tips for winter driving from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:

 
 

 

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