Tips for Safe Driving in the Snow

Friday, September 30, 2011

Your favorite car insurance company would like to take this opportunity to provide you with safe winter driving tips. In addition to providing the best in cheap car insurance, we want to remind our customers to brush up on your winter driving skills to keep yourself, your passengers and those you share the road with safe during the upcoming season.

Stay Home if You Can
When snow, ice and severe weather all hit at the same time, the best place to be is safe at home. However, we know this isn’t always possible. Despite the weather conditions, there are some businesses which are essential and can’t close and others that simply won’t close. Employees have no choice but to go to work in this situation. If you absolutely don’t have to be out in a snowstorm though, wait until it passes before leaving home.

Be Prepared
Before the winter seasons officially arrives, make sure that you are prepared for any emergency by having the right tools and equipment in your car. Jumper cables, a tool kit and chains to pull you out of the snow are necessities for winter driving. Also, make sure you always have plenty of anti-freeze if you don’t want cold temperatures to prevent your car from starting and stranding you somewhere. It’s also a good idea to make sure the defroster in your car works.

Drive Defensively
In the winter, you can count on the pavement being wet and icy for several months. It is important to realize that this will affect your stopping time when you apply your brakes. Allow plenty of distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you, since stopping suddenly could lead to skidding or a spin-out. Since it’s always better to err on the side of caution, allows up to three times as much space between vehicles as you do when the roads are dry. When you do have to brake, do it slowly if possible.

If you drive a manual transmission car, keep it in low gears. This will help you to keep good traction in your tires and allow you to navigate hills with greater ease.

Make Sure Others Can See You
Make it a habit to always drive with your headlights on in the winter for greater visibility. Also, be sure to scrape the snow and ice off your windshield, headlights and rear windows. Neglecting to do this not only makes you less visible to others, it also makes you less apt to see everything that is around you. If snow and ice builds up again while you are driving, pull over to a safe location and use your ice scraper to remove it.

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