Safe Driving Habits for Winter Weather

December 17th, 2017 by

While many of us are guilty of staying in most nights in the winter to avoid the snow, the truth is sometimes driving in it can’t be avoided. That’s why it is so important that everyone understands the steps to take for safe driving in the snow. Check out our top 5 tips below.

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5 Tips for Safe Driving in the Snow
Slow Down
This one should be a given. Getting somewhere quickly is not as important as keeping yourself and everyone else on the road safe. Leave 15 minutes early so you can take your time and avoid pressing the accelerator and the brake too quickly.

Increase Your Following Distance
Man calling for help in front of a snow-covered van on the side of the roadOne of the most common collisions in the snow is caused by drivers who do not increase their following distance. We suggest you should at least double your normal safe following distance as it takes longer for your tires to find traction and slow down on snowy roads.

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Keep Your Gas Tank Full
We suggest keeping your gas tank at least half full. This will help prevent your gas lines from freezing. It will also help to prevent you from getting stranded on the side of the road in cold weather which can be dangerous.

Limit Cruise Control Use
When the roads are covered in snow, you want to have the most control of your vehicle as possible. To do this, you will want to avoid using cruise control as much as possible.

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Don’t Rely on AWD
While we highly suggest systems like 4WD for safe winter driving, it’s important to understand that they are just one tool to get more control on the road. Even if you have a vehicle with AWD you should still be practicing the other safe driving tips on this list.

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