Winter is one of the most dangerous times to drive. That’s according to Forbes Magazine.
To help keep you safe, follow these winter driving safety tips.
Drive The Speed Limit
Take it slow during the winter. According to the NHTSA, speeding is a factor in 30 percent of all traffic accidents.
Drive During The Day
It’s harder to see slick and icy patches at night. The NHTSA says 49 percent of fatal crashes happen at night.
Completely De-Ice Your Car
Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle. It will improve visibility and keep you safe. (Find more winter safety items in this blog post.)
Repair Your Vehicle
Winter is not the time to put off major repairs. You never know when you might get stranded on the side of the road. Use quality parts if you own either of those vehicles.
Pay Attention To The Road
You should never drive distracted. During the winter, you should pay extra attention to this rule. Don’t text while driving. Keep the cell phone in your pocket.
Keep Safe Distances
In the winter, try to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. For winter driving, AAA recommends an 8- to 10-second stopping distance.
Watch The Weather
Check the weather on TV or online before you go out. If it looks bad and it’s dark outside, postpone the trip until the weather conditions are better. It’s not worth the risk.
Following these seven tips will help protect you during the winter.