Driving Tips for Winter Weather

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.

Don’t Slam on Brakes or Gas
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.

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
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

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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