Tips about driving in the winter
It’s best to avoid driving in winter weather conditions if we can. But, sometimes, we don’t have a choice. Follow these tips to maximize your safety when driving this winter:
- Leave early. Allow yourself extra time to get to your destination. Other drivers will drive slower than usual and you should, too. And, remember: it is better to be late than risk causing an accident by driving too quickly in the snow.
- Keep your lights on. Even during the day, keep your lights on so other drivers can see the front and rear of your vehicle. Additionally, try to maintain a distance of at least three car lengths between you and the car in front of you, so if you see brake lights turn on, you’ll have space to slow down to avoid sliding into the car in front of you.
- Install snow tires. Invest in snow tires that will increase your traction when you’re driving. All season tires are safe if you’re not traveling far, but for longer trips and higher speeds, it’s safer to have snow tires instead.
- Don’t pass plows. If you pass a plow, you could be driving into unsafe territory that hasn’t been cleared of ice and snow yet. It is common for motorists to rear end plows. You can avoid this by driving slowly and by keeping your distance. Stay at least five car lengths behind a plow when you are driving behind it. Otherwise, the plow operator might not be able to see you.
- Don’t use cruise control. Don’t engage cruise control when driving in the snow. It’s critical that you have control of your vehicle to remain at a slower speed, to slow down steadily if needed, and to control how close you are driving to other motorists.
- Save our number in your phone. If an accident occurs, call emergency services first, and then find our number in your contacts and give us a call. And, talk to us ahead of time. We can make sure that you have the optimal coverage to protect you, your family and your vehicle if a winter-related accident occurs.