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Driving Tips for Winter Weather

Originally Published: January 15, 2021 | Updated: January 8, 2024

The cold, winter months can bring snow, ice, and sleet, all of which can cause havoc for drivers. It is important to be prepared and know the basics of driving in bad weather. In this month’s blog, we wanted to review some driving tips.

Adjust Your Speed

When the roads are slippery and slick, it’s important to keep an eye on your speeds. Adjust them accordingly and if you’re on a multiple lane highway, avoid passing other cars at accelerated speeds.

If You Can, Don’t Stop

This does not mean run through red lights or stop signs. But if you can avoid completely stopping and reduce your speed to a slow crawl versus a complete stop until the light changes, this will make it easier for your vehicle when you go to accelerate again.

Drive Safely

Know your car and what it can handle in the snow, but remember as much as you can, avoid slamming on your brakes and gas. Also, keep a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Not every driver may be paying close attention, so you must be sure to be aware of your surroundings.

Don’t Tailgate

Leave more space between your car and the one in front of you than you normally do. This is important because in the event you need to stop, you have more time than if you’re right behind the individual.

Be Prepared

Because you never know what is going to happen during a winter store, you want to avoid having less than half a tank of gas. Along with making sure your gas tank stays filled, make sure your tires have a decent tread on them yet. If the tread is less than 2/32 of an inch, it is time to replace them.

Also, there are certain things you should keep in your vehicle during the winter weather in the event you do get stuck or have to sit in traffic:

• Small Shovel
• Road Flares
• Deicer
• First-Aid Kit
• Phone Charger
• Water and Nonperishable Food
• Blanket
• Rock Salt or Kitty Litter
• Vehicle Emergency Kit

Car Insurance

Should an accident occur, you want to make sure you and your car are protected with car insurance. If you haven’t had your policy reviewed lately, give us a call. We’ll be happy to review it and make sure you’re fully insured.

In the end, it’s better to be prepared than get stuck or end up in an accident. You also want to make sure your auto insurance is up-to-date. If you need yours reviewed, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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