New Jersey Bomb Cyclone Affects Road Safety: 5 Blizzard Driving Tips

Posted on: January 19, 2018
NEW JERSEY. Several states were under blizzard warnings earlier this week as a “bomb cyclone” impacted the New England region. According to the New York Times, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia were all under blizzard warnings. New York was declared a state of emergency, with Atlantic City in New Jersey expected to see up to 18 inches of snow. While many roads remained open, some bridges were restricted for trucks and other large vehicles. Even if roads remain open during a blizzard, if you don’t need to drive, you shouldn’t drive.

But, if you do find yourself caught outside during a major snowstorm or a blizzard, there are certainly some things you can do to protect yourself. Here are five major things to consider if you find yourself driving during serious winter weather:

• Check your tire pressure. According to New York Daily News, a 10 degree drop in air temperature will result in a one pound loss of tire pressure. If you find yourself outside in cold or stormy conditions, stop at a gas station and make sure your tires are properly inflated. You can’t always trust the measurements provided on your tires themselves because temperature variation can change ideal pressures, especially when polar vortex-like temperatures hit.
• Make sure you have a full tank of gas. If you run out of gas in a snowstorm, you could turn a deadly driving situation into a potentially dangerous stranding for you and your passengers. Make sure you keep you gas tank full. During stormy weather, some gas stations can close unexpectedly or experience power outages. Don’t hit the road near empty. If you do get stuck, you’ll likely need to periodically turn on your car to heat it up. If you are low in gas, your time outside will be more limited.
• Pack snow gear. Bring warm blankets. Bring a shovel. Bring an ice scraper. If you can, bring an extra battery for your phone or road flares. If you get stranded, you’ll want to have means to let people know where you are.
• Check windshield wiper fluid. If you leave without windshield wiper fluid, you might find yourself suddenly unable to see the road. Make sure you top off your fluid before embarking on any long drives.
• Stay home. Most schools will be closing and many businesses that don’t provide essential services might be closing as well. Check with your boss to see if you can work from home. If you don’t have to travel, stay home. Your safety should come first.

Dangerous road conditions unfortunately lead to more accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a blizzard-related car accident or injury, consider contacting the personal injury lawyers in New Jersey at Jeff Sheppard, Esq. Most accidents are the result of human error. If you’ve been hurt, you may be entitled to receive money to cover your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Visit us at to learn more.