Black ice. Blowing snow. Winter presents many challenges for drivers. Don’t take your driving skills for granted—follow these tips to stay safe on the road this winter.
Prepare for the conditions ahead. Make sure that you are focused and well-rested before you get behind the wheel. In addition to the right tires, your car should have a full gas tank and working windshield wipers. Completely clear off and defrost the windshield and windows before you head out, and keep your lights on for added visibility.
Drive steadily. Don’t yank the steering wheel, slam on the brakes, or accelerate suddenly—these can all lead to disaster. Make changes to your driving gradually to maintain control of your vehicle.
Don’t follow too closely. Increase the space between your car and other vehicles when following other cars and when passing them.
Know the terrain. Some areas require greater caution while driving. Bridges and overpasses may freeze over before other roadways. Highway on- and off-ramps may not be plowed.
Create a driving plan. Make sure to share it with friends and family.
Stock up on emergency supplies. Include a shovel, windshield scraper, blankets or extra clothing, a first aid kit, emergency flares, a flashlight, bottled water, and snacks.
In addition to these tips, review your car insurance policy on a regular basis to ensure that you have the coverage you need. Contact The Reis Group to learn more.