12 Winter Driving Tips
Winter has arrived and with it comes snow, ice, and difficult driving conditions. If you don’t have to be out in the winter weather, stay home. But when that’s not an option, make sure you stay safe. Here are some tips to help keep you safe while braving Massachusetts' winter weather.
- Try not to drive when you’re tired. You’ll be slower to react to what happens around you and more likely to get into an accident.
- Pay attention to the road and keep both hands on the wheel. Your phone can wait, and it’s best to stop and eat instead of doing it while on the road.
- Warm up your vehicle outside of a garage or other enclosed space.
- Keep your tires propery inflated. Under or over inflated tires can lead to poor traction and reduced gas mileage.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid the gas line freezing up.
- Never use cruise control while driving on wet, ice, or sandy roads.
- Make sure your vehicle is well maintained so it stays in good working condition. You don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road while it’s snowing or in freezing rain.
- Keep an emergency kit in your trunk with flashlights, batteries, blankets, flares, a shovel, sand, and even snacks and water.
- Before you get on the road make sure your exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with mud, snow, or ice. If it is, carbon monoxide may leak into your vehicle.
- Drive more slowly than you usually would on snowy, icy, or sandy roads.
- Speed up and slow down carefully. Rapid acceleration or deceleration could send you skidding.
- Give yourself extra time on your way to any destination during winter weather.
Even if you’ve been driving in snowy and icy conditions, it’s easy to think an accident will never happen to you. Take precautions out on the road this winter and you’ll keep yourself, your family, and other drivers a little safer.
In all kinds of weather it’s important to have enough auto insurance coverage. Since a lot of accidents happen during the winter months, now is a perfect time to check your limits and make sure you have both collision and comprehensive coverage. Give us a call at Ross Insurance today and we’ll make sure you’re covered all winter long.