Winter weather is upon us! While it may be nice to look at the snow, driving in snow and ice can present extremely dangerous conditions and can result in a car accident. The best suggestion for winter driving is to stay where you are until the roads have been treated. Unfortunately, we can’t always take a “snow day” when the weather is bad. So, here are some things to remember when driving on snowy and icy roads:

1. Make sure you can see. Visibility while driving in hazardous weather is crucial. Clean the inside of your windows and replace wiper blades. Also, make sure your windshield washer system is full of anti-icing fluid to help clear ice and snow from your windshield.

2. Check your tires. According to the website “The Tire Rack,” a tire requires at least a 6/32-inch deep tread to have adequate snow traction. Ultrahigh performance or “summer” tires have minimal grip in snow and, sometimes, even “all-season” tires don’t get the best traction in snow.

3. Check your lights. When the weather is bad, use your headlights so that other cars can see you.

4. Run the air-conditioner. In order to remove frost and condensation from the inside of your windows, turn on your air conditioner and select the fresh air option-it’s ok to keep the temperature setting on hot. Many cars do this automatically when you turn on the defroster.

5. Don’t oversteer. If a slick area in a turn causes your front tires to lose grip, the common, but incorrect, reaction is to continue turning the steering wheel. Turning the steering wheel too much never helps and your car will go whichever way the wheels are pointed. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to fix this situation.

6. Watch for black ice. If the road looks slippery, it probably is. Test the traction with a smooth brake application or a slight turn of the wheel.

7. Know your brakes. Antilock brakes (which are on most cars today) are easy to use properly: Stomp, stay, and steer. Stomp on the pedal, stay hard on the pedal, and steer around the obstacle. Be forewarned, however, that a little bit of steering goes a long way.

8. Don’t be overconfident with technology. All-wheel drive and electronic stability control can give you a false sense of security. All-wheel drive can only help keep you moving.

The Manchin Injury Law Group is concerned for the safety of all West Virginia drivers. Be safe on our roads and allow for plenty of time to get to your destination.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


  • Taylor and Kelly worked hard on my case so I didn’t have to. Thanks guys!


  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


  • Great lawyers. They helped me with a West Virginia case.


  • Such a great experience with Taylor and this firm. Thankful for their diligence and their work on our case. Thank you to all!


  • Had a easy and smooth experience with a great attorney so when you go there make sure you ask for Taylor.


  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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