Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter took it's time getting here, but nonetheless it is here. The roads are getting worse and so are the drivers. Here are some tips to help you stay safe on the roads.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

 

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With the winter weather just now approaching us and the snow finally hitting us, accidents are happening more often than not. Many people are still under the impression that you can drive the same way on a perfect 75 degree day as you can on a day when it’s snowing and 20 degrees.

NEWSFLASH: You can’t.

Driving in the winter can be a life changing experience for some if an accident is involved. It can also be both frightening and dangerous depending on how severe the conditions are. Living in New England, you never know what the weather is going to be like and you certainly can’t listen to the weather people, they have as much as clue as we do! Therefore it is always best to be prepared

With that being said, we’d like to give you some tips to driving safer during these cold and icy months because your safety is important to us!

  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.

  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.

  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.

    • Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.

    • Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight.

    • Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads.

    • Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement.

    • Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds.

    • This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

  • Don’t power up hills.

    • Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning.

    • Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top.

    • As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.

  • Don’t stop going up a hill.

    • There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road.

    • Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

  • Stay home.

    • If you really don’t have to go out, don’t.

    • Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.

    • Don't tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

And can we all please remember: CLICK IT OR TICKET!

Now we know even with these tips, accidents can still happen. In that case, please give us a call. We have excellent agents who can help you with your auto insurance and ensure that all of your needs are covered. We will work with you until you are 100% satisfied. Contact us by phone or email at any time during our office hours. 

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