Winter can be a dangerous driving season, so it’s important to be prepared. Snow, ice and sleet can make road conditions slippery and unsafe. Use these five winter driving tips to stay safe on the road.
The most important thing you can do is take your time and drive slowly. Many accidents occur due to excessive speed for the conditions. Driving the speed limit is still legal, but it is often too fast for snow- or ice-covered roads. Always give yourself extra time to get to your destination so you aren’t tempted to rush.
Keep A Safe Following Distance
Always make sure you have sufficient space between you and the car ahead of you, especially in bad weather. If a vehicle in front of you needs to brake quickly, you will have enough distance to safely come to a stop.
Keep Your Fuel Tank Full
Keeping your fuel tank full will not only provide extra weight to aid in traction, but it will also help ensure you don’t get stranded. The best rule of thumb is to never let your tank go under half full.
Use Good Judgement
Don’t be afraid to get off the road if the weather is severe. Find a place to pull off the road safely and wait until conditions are safe.
Inspect Your Vehicle Often
Always inspect your vehicle before hitting the road in winter to make sure your heater and defroster are working. Also check your wipers and lights, and clean any ice or snow off your windows before departing.
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