This winter has been long and cold and its not over. Winter storms have slammed parts of the country setting snow and ice records in many cities. At Insurance Doctor, we are concerned for your safety on the road. If there are bad road conditions the safest thing to do is stay home. If you must travel on the icy roads, Insurance Doctor offers some tips for how to drive safely:
Always wear your seat belts.
Don’t automatically assume your vehicle can handle bad road conditions. Even a four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicle can have trouble on winter roads so drive cautiously.
Decrease your road speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. Allow more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
Brake gently to avoid skidding. Ease off the brakes if your wheels start to lock up.
If your car starts to skid, turn the wheels into the direction of the skid.
Turn on your lights even during the day. This will increase your visibility to other drivers.
Do not use your cruise control on icy roads.
Watch out for bridges and overpasses because they will freeze before the other roads.
Don’t try to pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The road in front of them is probably in worse condition and the driver has limited visibility.