Some of us love the falling snow and others dread it. Personally, I love sitting at home by the fire watching the snowflakes fall. What I don’t like is driving in the snow. I think most of us would prefer not to drive in snowy or slippery conditions. That said, it’s important to be as safe as possible when on the road, particularly this time of year.
While many of these tips are common sense, it’s essential to take the time to review them – to stay safe on the roads. Your car is an investment to protect – and you and your loved ones should be protected at all times.
- Make sure your car is prepared for cold temperatures and wintery conditions like snow and ice. Keep your equipment properly maintained and include a winter survival kit in your vehicle: an ice scraper, snow shovel and sand/salt.
- Clear snow and ice off your car – including windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk.
- Drive with your headlights on, and be sure to keep them clean to improve visibility.
- Use caution when snow banks limit your view of oncoming traffic.
- Avoid using cruise control in snowy or icy conditions. In adverse conditions, you want as much control of your car as possible.
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If you drive in remote areas or are planning a long trip this winter, keep a winter survival kit in your car. While some of the items may be appropriate for your car all year long, these supplies can help you deal with winter weather.