Driving Safety during the Winter

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Removing snow from the windshield should be done with caution. (Photo Credits)

Driving during the winter requires better precision, and even more attentiveness because of the many safety risk that it poses. With the many accidents that take place during such time of the year, it is critical that drivers and vehicle owners are aware of the safety precautions to take when driving during the snow season. Windshield Wiki

AAA Exchange published in its official website, safety tips drivers should observe during winter time.

“Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival. Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility. Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times. Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.”

More tips can be found here.

Prepare for the snow season

SafeMotorist.com meantime published in its website, its share of safety precautions that should be followed when driving during the winter. One of the safety tips the website imparted is to prepare and check the car for the upcoming chilly weather. AutoGlass Safety Council 

“It is best to winterize your vehicle before winter strikes. Schedule a maintenance check-up for the vehicle’s tires and tire pressure, battery, belts and hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heater/defroster, wipers and ignition system. Keep your gas tank sufficiently full – at least half a tank is recommended. Depending upon where you drive, you may consider using winter tires or tire chains.”

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British Media Outfit The Telegraph also published a similar article educating drivers into          safe driving during the snowy weather.

“Yes, you’ve heard it on the weather forecast all the time, but people say it for a reason. Put simply, if you don’t go out, you can’t come to any harm on the road. Is your journey really that urgent or important? It probably feels like it is, but ask yourself what harm would come if you didn’t leave home – and weigh that up against the harm that might come if you were to have an accident or get stranded.”

Read more practical advice here.

Driving during the winter should only be done when there is an utmost reason to do so.

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