Avoiding accidents during the Winter months

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Driving always brings with it some level of risk due to the fact that the roads can sometimes be dangerous places. But the winter months only elevate that risk. As more people are on the roads for the holidays and the temperatures drop and bring snow and ice with them, wintertime driving can be tricky. 

There are a few tips that are worth remembering during the winter months, however, and keeping them in mind could help keep you safe when you’re on the road this snow season. Here’s what to remember. 

  • First, make sure your vehicle is ready. Things like snow tires and engine fluid checks are vital for keeping your car running properly, and a little work can lead to a lot of extra safety on the road. 
  • If possible, know when you should be driving. During the holidays, the roads are less crowded at night so the risk of accidents caused by others will be less. However, temperatures are lower so the chance of black ice on the roads is higher. Each one has its benefits and drawbacks, and knowing about them will help you be prepared.
  • During heavy snows, letting some of the pressure out of your tires can help you gain better traction on the roads. 
  • The most obvious safety tip is simply to drive slower. Speed limit signs aren’t indicative of a safe speed during snow or ice, and you should drive according to your own level of confidence and ability and according to the road conditions. 

There is no way to guarantee that you can avoid accidents this winter. But keeping the tips in mind should help increase your chances of staying safe. Driving smart and preparing your vehicle are the two cornerstones of safer winter driving, and are two things well worth remembering as the temperatures fall.

 

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