Winter weather can create slippery roads that make winter driving dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 119,000 police-reported crashes in wintry conditions during 2020. Read on to learn how to keep yourself and your passengers safe while driving in the winter.
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How Do I Stay Safe in Bad Weather?
When the weather is bad, it’s best to stay home. Be sure to consult your local weather station before setting out for a long drive. But even if you check the forecast, winter weather can be unpredictable.
Here are some tips to keep yourself safe if you’re caught driving in slick conditions:
· Don’t crowd snowplows or drive beside the truck.
· Increase your following distance for all vehicles.
· Change directions slowly.
· Accelerate and decelerate gradually.
· Don’t stop while driving uphill.
What Should I Do If My Car Skids?
A skidding car can be a scary experience. If you lose control of your vehicle, try to remain calm and follow these practices:
· Take your feet off the pedals—don’t brake or accelerate.
· Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want your vehicle to go.
· Don’t turn the wheel sharply.
Often, skidding is caused by driving too fast in slippery conditions so slow down and use caution this winter. If you’re in an accident, call 911 and contact your insurance company to report any damages.
What Should I Do If My Car Stalls?
In cold weather, getting stopped or stalled can quickly escalate into an emergency. If this happens to you, consider the following practices:
· Stay with your car.
· Don’t overexert yourself.
· Ensure your car can be seen (e.g., use interior lights, put up bright markers).
· Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning and don’t run your car for an extended period of time in an enclosed space or with the windows up.
Proper preparation can also help keep you safe. Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle containing a first aid kit, spare tire, jumper cables and other emergency items. For more information on what your emergency kit should contain, visit the National Safety Council website.
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This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.