Winter is coming and in many parts of the country, winter weather can
be unpredictable. Suddenly every day tasks like driving become more
difficult due to snow, ice, or freezing rain. According to the NHTSA,
17% of all vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions. It is
important to take extra precautions when it comes to driving in these
Before you hit the road, it is important to make sure that your car is
ready to handle winter weather. We put together a
to help. You’ll find that checking your oil, inspecting your
tires, and checking your battery all go a very long way in keeping you
safe while driving in less than perfect weather.
But what should you do once you hit the road?
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
If you know the roads are bad, give yourself plenty of time to get to
your destination. Trips typically take longer when the roads are snowy
or icy. Getting there safely is more important than getting there
When driving on snow or ice, it’s important to do everything
slowly. Even with snow tires and all-wheel drive, streets can still be
dangerous. Keep in mind that you may be able to control your car under
harsh conditions, but not everyone on the road will be able to do so.
Defrost Your Windshield
Along with giving yourself extra time, remember to turn on your
defroster once you start your car. This will help clear windows as
well as help melt any snow or ice that has collected on them.
Remove Snow from Your Car
Many states now have laws that address clearing your vehicle from snow
that has accumulated over time. Cleaning off the roof, windows, and
hood of your car will ensure that both you and the cars surrounding
you will have a safer ride.
Leave Space Between Cars
Leaving extra distance between you and the car ahead of you will give
you extra time for a complete stop. Your vehicle may slip and slide on
ice especially so staying back farther than you normally would is a
Avoid Distracted Driving
is a risk that many people take even though it is against the law in a
growing number of states. When driving in bad weather, it is best to
just put your phone down and focus on the road in front of you. If you
have trouble doing this, set your phone to “do not
disturb” so you won’t be tempted to reply to a call or
If you can, just stay home during inclement weather. It’s better
to avoid taking unnecessary risks whenever possible.
We hope that you have found the tips listed above helpful as the
winter weather makes its way to your state. Before you get on the road
this winter be sure to contact your
local Acceptance agent
to make sure that you’re properly protected in the case that you
are involved in an accident!