Eight Winter Driving Safety Tips
When snow and ice cover the roads, your best bet for staying safe is to stay indoors. But driving is just a fact of winter life, so keep in mind these 8 tips for driving in snow:
- Drive cautiously – Whether you drive a 2-door compact or a 4WD SUV, driving in snow can be dangerous. Keep your speed down and allow plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Don't overcorrect – If you feel your vehicle losing traction, ease off of the accelerator and avoid turning the steering wheel sharply in either direction. Making smaller adjustments may help you regain control.
- Snow tires – Specially designed to grip icy and snowy roads, snow tires are a smart idea if you live in an area with severe winter driving conditions.
- Brake gently – When slowing down, do so gradually and plan on plenty of room to stop. Depressing the brake pedal too quickly could cause your vehicle to slide.
- Turn on headlights – Even during the day, snow or overcast conditions can make it difficult to see the road and other vehicles.
- Maximize your visibility – Keep your windows clean and windshield wiper fluid reservoir full. Consider buying winter windshield wiper blades which more efficiently remove ice and snow.
- Be cautious on bridges and overpasses – Bridges and overpasses, which are exposed to cold air from above and below, typically freeze before other roadways. Use caution and look for ice when driving on them.
- Remember dangerous stretches of road – On the routes you drive regularly during the year, keep in mind any stretches that turn hazardous in winter. Try to avoid roads that seem to get plowed last, and look out for places where water tends to pool and freeze.
Accidents can happen even to cautious and experienced drivers. Collision coverage can help ensure that you don't pay for all of the repairs out-of-pocket if you're involved in an accident. By using these 8 winter driving safety tips, you and your family will have a better chance of getting to your destination safely.
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