- Posted by Daniel Simcock
- On January 31, 2023
- deductibles, homeowners insurance
Winter driving can be treacherous, with icy roads, low visibility, and unpredictable weather conditions. To stay safe on the road during the winter months, it’s important to take extra precautions and be prepared for any situation. Here are some winter driving safety tips to keep in mind:
- Check the weather forecast before you head out. If a winter storm is on the way, consider postponing your trip or using public transportation instead.
- Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition. Check your brakes, tires, wiper blades, and headlights to ensure they are in proper working condition. It’s also a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid running out of gas on a deserted road.
- Slow down and leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. It takes longer to stop on icy or snowy roads, so allow plenty of time to react to traffic and other hazards.
- Use your headlights. Even during daylight hours, low visibility can make it difficult to see other vehicles on the road. Using your headlights can help you spot potential hazards before they become a problem.
- Avoid sudden movements. Sudden movements such as sudden braking, acceleration or steering can cause your car to skid on icy roads.
- Use your brakes judiciously. On icy roads, it’s best to avoid using your brakes if possible. Instead, try to slow down by taking your foot off the gas. If you must use your brakes, do so gently to avoid skidding.
- Avoid using cruise control. On icy roads, cruise control can cause your vehicle to lose traction and skid.
- Be extra cautious on bridges and overpasses. These areas freeze more quickly than the rest of the road, so they can be especially slippery.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car. Pack a blanket, warm clothes, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and a bag of sand or cat litter in case you get stuck in snow. Also pack a shovel, ice scraper and some snacks and water.
- Be extra cautious when driving in the mountains or other remote areas. If you get stuck in a remote area, it can take hours for help to arrive.
By following these winter driving safety tips, you can help ensure that you and your passengers arrive at your destination safely. Remember to take it slow, be extra cautious, and be prepared for any situation.
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