From Minnesota to Maine, many of us are smack in the middle of a harsh winter with often dangerous road conditions. It’s important to take extra precautions to stay safe and handle potential hazardous situations. Please keep in mind the following safety precautions when you get behind the wheel this winter:
Be prepared with essential items in the event of a breakdown, especially during the wet, cold winter. A blanket, a change of clothes, gloves, a flashlight (with extra batteries), flares, jumper cables, water and snacks are essential items to have on board. Also, check the weather report before you get on the road. It may be better to skip the trip than end up in a bad accident because of dangerous road conditions.
Drive slower and keep extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Even for an expert, driving is more dangerous during winter months. It’s important to take your time, driving much slower than usual to maneuver wet, snowy or icy roads. And be sure to keep extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, so you’ll have plenty of time to stop.
Put safety first by always wearing your seatbelt.
Stay safe out there!
Additional Driving Tips:
- Keep your headlights on at all times.
- Wait for your windows to fully defrost before driving.
- Keep snow and ice clear from windows, mirrors, lights and license plates.
- Watch out for children playing in snowdrifts or sliding down hills.
90 DAYS OF WINTER
Our 90 Days of Winter Safety program is in full swing (January 1 – March 31). This is our companywide program designed to keep you safe all winter long. Stay tuned as we continue to bring you winter safety tips. Next up: Dressing for the weather.