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Take your time and drive safely this winter

Winter driving

Driving during the winter presents more challenges than other times of the year. Here are tips to help you drive safely:

  • Keep vehicles in good working order: Maintain good tread on your tires and ensure all lights are functioning properly. Add anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid when needed.
  • Leave early: Rushing can lead to an accident. Leaving a few minutes early can give you extra time to reach your destination.
  • Maintain good visibility: Keep windows and headlights, as well as your hood and roof, clear of ice or snow.
  • Stay alert and calm: Maintain a safe speed and drive defensively. Don’t use alcohol or drugs.
  • Drive appropriately for road conditions: Driving on a wet or icy road can cause your vehicle to slide. If you begin to lose control, take your foot off the gas. Avoid panic stops. Instead, stomp on anti-lock brakes or pump regular brakes.
  • Keep a safe distance: Increase your safe following distance and look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do.

Also, always wear seatbelts. They can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent, making them the most effective automobile safety device.

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