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What should you do if you’re in a snow squall pileup?


Each winter, large-scale pileup crashes occur across the U.S. during snow squalls, and each year they claim the lives of drivers.

Snow squalls are dangerous because they can cause sudden, zero visibility conditions and slick roadways. Do you know what you need to do to stay safe this winter if you find yourself caught up in a pileup crash cased by a snow squall?

Here is advice from the Pennsylvania State Police on how to survive if you find yourself in one of these situations:

  1. Do not stand outside your vehicle if it is on or near the roadway.
  2. Instead, seek a safe place well off the roadway behind a guide rail, a concrete barrier or a large tree, as far away from the roadway as possible
  3. If there is no safe place to stand outside of your vehicle, stay in your vehicle with the seatbelt fastened.
  4. If it is possible, drive slowly toward the front of the pileup.

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