Winter Reminders for NYC Drivers

Written by
Abraham Jaros
Updated at Monday, Sep 11, 2023

Winter is a dangerous time of year for drivers. And while we are more than happy to take on your car accident personal injury case, most of the time we’d rather everyone stay safe, happy, and healthy.

With the colder months on the way, we thought now would be a great time to offer some safety reminders and tips.

Sign Up for NY Alerts

NY Alerts lets you receive emergency, weather, and transportation alerts via phone, email, and text message. It can keep you from accidentally getting out on the road when a winter storm is on the way.

You can sign up at

Get Your Vehicle Winter Ready

It’s time to check the following systems:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Batteries
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Defrosters

You might consider putting winter tires on your car.

Place Winter Emergency Gear in Your Car

You never know when you might end up on the side of a snowy highway. Pack the following items into y our car:

  • Flashlights
  • Tire scrapers
  • Tire change kit
  • Spare tire
  • Booster cable
  • A small shovel
  • Kitty litter or sand for tires stuck in snow or mud
  • Hats
  • Blankets
  • Extra food and water
  • A few doses of necessary medication
  • Gloves
  • Flares

Run Your Headlights During the Day

Visibility is reduced during the winter months. It gets dim even in daytime. Make it a habit to drive with your headlights on even during the daylight hours. This is especially true during snowfall.

Warm Up Your Car

Don’t get on the road before your windshields are thoroughly defrosted and clear of any snow, ice, or debris. It may be tempting to do a partial defrost before racing to your next destination, but that can cause accidents.

In addition, as the ice and snow melt off your car it can fly off of the back of your car and onto someone else’s, obscuring their visibility.

Slow Down

Posted speed limits are for ideal travel conditions. On snowy, icy roads it’s sometimes best to go 20, perhaps even 30 miles under the speed limit.

Maintain More Car Lengths

In winter weather it’s important to leave more space between you and other cars. There’s less traction which means it can take longer to stop. Brake early, carefully, and smoothly.

Avoid Cruise Control

Cruise control isn’t meant for wintery conditions. Maintain manual control of your vehicle at all times.

Give Snowplows Space

Plows have a limited field of vision. You should leave 15 car lengths between you and any plows. The roads ahead of the plows will always be in worse condition than the roads in front of them, so resist the urge to pass. They will be moving very slow, but in many cases it’s a good idea for you to move snow with them. If you do pass a snowplow, leave lots of room.

Know What to Do If You Get into a Car Accident

Knowing how to protect yourself legally in the event of a car accident can make a huge difference if you end up needing to sue. Make sure you review our tips on what you should do after a car accident in New York.

If you get injured, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with a case review.

Abe Sitting
Abe Sitting Cut-off

Get the advice and guidance you and your family need

If you or a loved one has a been injured in an accident, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. Call Jaroslawicz & Jaros in New York at 800.269.2780, or submit an online questionnaire. You can also email Abraham Jaros directly at, or call his personal cellphone at 917.842.9544.

Get the help you deserve.

Contact us today and start your free consultation. You can also text or call Abraham Jaros directly at 917.842.9544 or email him at

Background picture of a courtroom

Helpful Videos

Awards & Recognitions

Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image
Badge Image