5 Winter Driving Safety Tips

5 Winter Driving Safety TipsWinter weather can transform the barren landscape into a winter wonderland. However, snow and ice are a recipe for dangerous driving conditions, and can make it difficult for tires to gain traction on the slick surface. While nobody enjoys driving in snow and ice conditions, there are measures you can take to improve your travel safety during the winter months.

  1. Prepare your vehicle for wintry conditions.Keep an emergency survival kit in your trunk at all times that includes a snow brush with ice scraper, a snow shovel, sand/salt/cat litter (for traction), bottled water and food, a blanket, flares, and jumper cables.
  2. Know how to brake on slippery surfaces. Read over your vehicle’s owner manual for instructions on how to break when skidding. Avoid using cruise control in snowy or icy conditions in order to maintain control of your vehicle.
  3. Maintain at least a half tank of gas throughout the season. If you become stranded, having sufficient fuel in your car can provide you with a source of heat.
  4. Clear snow and ice from your car. Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle’s windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk. Snow and ice that is left untouched can block your visibility, and cause damage to other vehicles if it were to fall off while driving.
  5. Be a cautious driver. Reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Drive with your headlights on and avoid passing snow plows and sand trucks. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and you have informed someone where you are going.

For more safe winter driving tips or to review coverage on your auto insurance policy, contact McGrath Insurance Group at 800-342-3859 or www.mcgrathinsurance.com.

*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.