10 Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Will you be traveling this holiday season? If doing so in rain, snow or sleet, follow these tips for safe winter driving: 

  • Decrease speed and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you.
  • Brake gently and slowly to avoid sliding or skidding.
  • Get your car tuned up before the winter season and switch your tires to snow tires if needed in your area.
  • Try not to pass snow plows on the road, as they have limited visibility.
  • Use extra caution on bridges or overpasses that may freeze before the rest of the road.
  • Monitor the weather report before you venture out on a long trip.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return if you are going out alone in bad weather.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car including a charged cell phone, snacks, water, blankets, warming pads, an ice scraper and other necessities.
  • Keep your eyes, ears and hands focused on driving. Distracted driving is dangerous any time of the year, but especially in wet or icy conditions.
  • Invest in a roadside assistance plan such as AAA in case of an emergency where you can’t reach a friend or family member for help. 

Don’t neglect winter safety tips this holiday season. Make sure you get there safely to celebrate with family and friends this holiday season.

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