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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Now that we’ve had our first taste of winter weather this year, it’s time to talk about winter driving safety.  It is every driver’s responsibility to be extra diligent while out on the road in rough weather.  Below are some tips to help you to stay safe, no matter what kind of weather you’re dealing with.

Make sure that your vehicle is ready for the winter.

Even though we have covered this before, it bears repeating.  Make sure your battery is good and that you have your belts, head and tail lights, windshield wipers, tires, and other important systems ready for winter.  Your car takes a beating during the winter and needs to be maintained to continue to do so.

Make sure you’re ready!

Driving in winter conditions is not as easy as some vehicles make it look on TV.  Be sure to drive slowly, since it’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick, snow-covered road.

Make safety your first priority.

Put down the cell phone and keep your eyes on the road.  Make sure all passengers, yourself included are wearing their seatbelts, and never drive after you’ve been drinking.

Check the weather before you have to go anywhere.

If you anticipate bad weather, try not to go out in it.  Only do so if absolutely necessary.

Do not use cruise control in bad weather.

When driving in winter weather, you need to be able to accelerate and decelerate slowly.  Having your car in cruise control doesn’t allow you the level of control and response that you need to drive safely.

If going uphill, do everything you can (safely) to not stop moving.

If you lose momentum and your vehicle stops moving uphill, it could possibly start sliding back down said hill.

Don’t drive if you are tired.

Make sure that you have enough rest before you go anywhere.  It reduces the risks of driving in bad weather.

Make certain that your tires are properly inflated.

As the weather gets colder, the air pressure in your tires changes.  Be sure to monitor them to make sure that they are inflated to the appropriate level.

Keep your gas tank at least half full.

This will prevent gas line freeze up.

Always look and steer where you want to go.

This will help your vehicle go where you want it to.

These are just a few things you can do to make sure that you are prepared for driving in winter weather.  We hope that you have found these tips helpful. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your insurance.

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