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Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

When bad weather hits, drivers can often be caught off guard. Follow the tips below to ensure that you continue to be a safe driver even in inclement weather.

  1. Clear ALL the snow on your car, not just the snow on the windows. Leaving snow on the roof of your car can be dangerous for other drivers if it lands on their windshield and reduces their visibility.
  2. Plan your route in advance and give yourself extra time to get to your destination so you can drive at a safe speed and not worry about rushing.
  3. Leave extra space between you and the car ahead. It takes longer for you to come to a complete stop on slippery roads.
  4. Turn on headlights if visibility is poor. Do not rely on just your car’s running lights. This helps you see and be seen.
  5. If the weather is severe, pull over until it is safe to drive or avoid driving at all if you can. Before driving in bad weather, make sure to bring a fully charged mobile phone with you so you can call for help if you get stuck.
  6. Carry your insurance broker’s phone number and claims number with you in case of an accident.

Driving in winter does not have to be dangerous. Always drive with the weather conditions in mind and stay safe.