Long Distance Commuting During the Winter Storm in New Jersey
Many New Jersey drivers engaging in long distance commuting to their jobs spend a lot of time on the road. When a winter storm involving snow, sleet, and ice plague the morning or evening commutes, motorists must change their driving tactics and prepare for the worst. Not every industry can offer their workers a snow day, so if travel is a must, be prepared.
Pack Supplies Drivers with long commutes should always keep supplies in their cars like blankets, gloves, hats, snacks, and bottled water. Also, keep cell phones fully charged in case a car accident occurs, and first responders must be notified.
Watch Weather While preparing to drive to or leave work during a winter storm, watch the weather. Plan a safe route to travel and avoid more isolated roads that may not have been plowed or treated with salt. If possible, delay the commute until the weather lets up.
Stay in Vehicle When Snowbound If snow becomes heavy, and driving is not an option or the car breaks down, stay in the vehicle. Walking during a snowfall could put individuals at-risk for pedestrian accidents, which could lead to injuries or even fatalities.
Maintain Car Ensure that cars receive regular maintenance to protect the integrity and safety of the vehicle while traveling. Keep the gas tank full during long trips and remove any ice or snow from the exhaust pipe to protect car occupants from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a car accident, call our New Jersey car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr at 877-249-4600 or contact us online. Our offices are located in Highland Park, New Jersey, and we serve clients in Middlesex County, including the communities of Highland Park, Somerset, New Brunswick, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia, New Jersey.