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6Jan. 2014

Winter driving tips

Now that the holidays are over, it feels like spring should be right around the corner. But in reality, the winter season has just begun. With about two more months of cold, icy weather ahead of us it is important to know how to get around safely. If the weather is bad out, staying home is the best option - hands down. Of course there are circumstances when driving in bad weather is a necessity. In those cases, be as safe as you possibly can. Here are some winter weather driving tips for you:

• Leave more space than usual between you and the vehicles in front of you. The usual amount of space is one car length for every 10 miles per hour you are driving. When it is slippery out or the visibility is not good, you should leave at least three times that much space.
• Make sure you clean off your car completely before you drive. That means your WHOLE car, not just the windows. Not only will that snow you left on top of your car fall onto your back windshield when you start driving, but it could fly off and hit a vehicle behind you.
• Drive slower than you think you should. Your car may handle the snow just fine, but others on the road might not. You want to give yourself every opportunity possible to stop if you need to.
• Keep your lights on so that your vehicle is much more visible to other drivers.
• Do not slam on the brakes if you start to skid. Take your foot off the accelerator and gently lower the brake pedal. Turn your steering wheel into the skid so your tires can have a chance to regain their traction.

If you have any questions about winter driving safety or how your insurance will cover claims this winter, give us a call.

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