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6 Winter Driving Tips

Posted on January 5, 2017

If you want to be a safe driver in the snow – regardless of where you live – you should heed the following advice from Allstate:

1. Get your vehicle ready for extreme weather. Prepare yourself for dangerous situations. Ensure your headlights and brake lights are in working condition, along with your tires, heater, defroster, brakes and windshield wipers, and that you have enough windshield wiper fluid.


2. Respect the weather. Take extra care if you encounter ice, snow, fog, rain or other dangerous weather conditions. Increasing following distance, traveling at slower speeds and accounting for the extra stopping time winter weather requires are all good ways to avoid collisions.
Keep your full attention on the road. Make sure you're 100 percent focused on the road, especially with slick streets and potentially dangerous conditions.


3. Stay calm in a skid. If your vehicle begins to slide or skid, don't panic. Look down the road in the direction you want to go and gently steer in that direction. Don't slam on the brakes. That will upset the vehicle's balance and make it harder to regain control. Instead, just release the accelerator until traction returns.


4. Keep an emergency kit in your car. Make sure you have the tools you need to protect yourself, should a problem arise. Pack a kit with gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a brush, water, jumper cables, a flashlight and something for traction, such as sand or kitty litter.


5. Make sure you are prepared for any roadside mishap or car failure. Download Allstate's Good Hands Rescue® app and get on demand roadside assistance when and where you need it from the Apple Store or Google Play Store, or via the mobile website at m.GoodHandsRescue.com.

6. As the snow continues to fall today, please take your time on the roads. If you are looking for a safer vehicle for the winter months, go to our CU iDrive at wvccu.groovecar.com and shop, compare, and get pre-approved with us.