Winter driving season is here! Shorter days, more driving in the dark, and roads that are anything but clear and dry, are the perfect reasons to brush up on a few winter driving tips.
- Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
In snow and rain, this means leaving 5 – 10 minutes earlier.
- Leave plenty of space for the car in front of you.
Increase your following distance to compensate for reduced reaction times and longer braking distances.
- Improve your visibility to others.
Use your headlights, even in daylight to assure other vehicles can see you.
- Keep your vehicle maintained.
Check your battery, tires, brakes, lights, wipers, and fluid levels.
- Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle.
Make sure that your vehicle contains blankets, tire chains, emergency signals or flares, and dried or canned food in case you need to spend extended time in your vehicle.
- Know who to contact in the event of an accident or breakdown.
Keep important numbers in your glove box, and let people know when you are heading out of town.
- Keep your phone charged!
Assure that you will be able contact family, and emergency services, if needed.
A little extra preparation will help to keep drivers safe during winter months or other inclement weather conditions. Share this information with someone who you want to be sure comes home safe!