3 Safety Tips for Winter Driving

3 Safety Tips for Winter Driving

With winter fast approaching, cold and inclement weather is just around the corner. While the best advice to stay safe is to stay home, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and read a book in front of a roaring fire we know that isn’t possible so if you do have to venture out on the roads during bad weather follow these tips:

Vehicle Winter Maintenance

The last place you want to be stranded during a winter storm is on the road with only what’s in your car for protection and warmth so before embarking on any trip – no matter how short – it’s always a good idea to prioritize your vehicle’s maintenance. Start by checking the tread on your tires because this is what helps your vehicle maintain a grip on the road during icy conditions. Next, check the brakes, and if you hear a squeaky or grinding noise when using them take your vehicle to the dealership ASAP. Lastly, always check the fluids – particularly windshield washer fluid. 

Prioritize Defensive Driving

Bad weather is not the time to hit the roads like you’re on a race track so take your team and go slow. Making quick movements of the steering wheel or having to slam on the brakes is going to increase the likelihood of losing control. Additionally, pay extra attention to other drivers and try to match their speed if it is safe to do so – particularly if you are on a road that has already been plowed. 

Check Your Liability Coverage

Make sure that your car insurance liability coverage is high enough to safely cover the medical bills and property damage associated with a third party. At the Chastain Agency Inc. in Gainesville, GA our knowledgeable team of insurance professionals can review your policy and help customize it to best fit your needs.