Freezing precipitation, slick roadways and low visibility are just a few of the winter weather hazards that may threaten Virginia drivers. To stay safe during your travels when winter weather hits, keep these simple safety tips in mind.
Driving distracted is dangerous at any time of year. However, during the winter, factors like the long hours of darkness, more frequent weather hazards and higher risks of animal strikes make it even more necessary to pay close attention to the road.
To minimize your risk of distracted driving, always avoid:
Whether it is rain, sleet or snow, winter precipitation may create slick or icy road surfaces. In these conditions, your risk of losing control of your vehicle increase substantially. Slowing down in hazardous conditions can help you maintain control of your vehicle.
Keep Your Distance from Other Vehicles
Wintry conditions may make it harder to slow and stop your vehicle, putting you at a greater risk of colliding with other vehicles. Be sure to leave extra space between your vehicle and others in the winter weather. One rule of thumb is to leave at least five car lengths between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
Use Your Windshield Wipers and Lights
Keep your headlights and windshield wipers on in hazardous conditions to increase your visibility on wintry roads. Even during the day, keeping your low beams turned on can improve your visibility.
If you notice that your wipers scratch your windshield or your lights flicker, they may not be working correctly. As good practice, inspect, and repair or replace your headlights and windshield wipers before winter weather hits.
Avoid Using Cruise Control
Using cruise control can lessen your ability to stop or accelerate your vehicle. Being able to control your vehicle is crucial in wintry conditions, especially when it may be more difficult to slow down or safely stop due to the conditions. During these times, it is best to turn your cruise control off.
Don’t Forget About the Importance of Proper Insurance
By doing what you can to stay safe on the road this winter, you may be able to avoid accidents that could put you in a bind. Still, since there is no way to eliminate the risk of having an accident, it also helps to have reliable auto insurance. Your coverage may help pay for vehicle damage and other losses following accidents on wintry roads.
Parker, Shelton & Associates can help Virginia drivers get quality auto insurance that can protect them not just in the winter but year-round. Contact us or request an auto insurance quote now to learn more.