Winter Driving Tips That Will Help You Stay Safe on the Road

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Winter Driving Tips

Cold weather driving has many dangers, and if you’re not prepared you could find yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in. As the temperature drops, driving can become more difficult because of the freezing road conditions that come along with it. To help you drive more safely this winter on snow- and ice-covered roads, please review the following winter driving safety tips from Southside Dodge and put them to practice the next time you drive. 

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Top 5 Safety Tips for Driving in the Winter

There are many safety tips for driving in the winter. Below, you’ll find some of the top ones that will help you make it home safely and without incident. Even if you’re an experienced winter driver, pay close attention and review these tips for a refresher.

  1. Slow down. Driving more slowly in winter conditions makes it easier to control your vehicle on slick road surfaces that come with winter driving. Just remember, slow and steady is the way to go.
  2. Increase your following distance. Because of the slippery road conditions that come with winter driving, you’ll want to give yourself more distance between you and the vehicle you’re following. By doing this, you’ll have more time to safely stop and avoid an accident.
  3. Keep your windshield clear. During the winter months, driving can become more difficult and dangerous as the roads begin to freeze. During the daylight hours, there may be plenty of slush and water on the road which can get sprayed up on your windshield causing diminished visibility. New windshield wipers and plenty of washer fluid will help you clear the moisture off of your windshield and provide you with greater visibility while driving.
  4. Avoid driving during a snowstorm. If you can avoid it, stay inside and do not drive during a snowstorm. It’s best to wait until it’s over and the roads have been cleared.
  5. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. To maintain control on snow- and ice-covered roads, it’s best to maintain a steady speed when accelerating and decelerating.

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